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TPAC 2010: the Combined Technical Plenary / Advisory Committee Meetings Week brings together W3C Working and Interest Groups, the Advisory Board, the TAG and the Advisory Committee for an exciting week of coordinated work. The highlight of the week is the Plenary Day, Wednesday, 3 November, for all to attend.

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Technical Plenary Day
3 November 2010

At the "Cité Internationale - Centre de Congrès", Lyon, France

The Wednesday of the Technical Plenary Week offers a unique opportunity for our broad W3C Community (Working, Interest and Coordination Groups; Advisory Committee Representatives; Advisory Board; Technical Architecture Group; and Team) who have registered to gather in one room and discuss technical topics of broad interest to the attendees, and of significant importance to past, present and future of the World Wide Web Consortium. Discussion during this Technical Plenary day will not be considered Member confidential. Slides and minutes will be made public on the W3C Web site.


The Program Committee is responsible for arranging the agenda for the Plenary meeting day.
Chair for the day is Jeff Jaffe, W3C's CEO.

08:00 to

Description: Meet and greet, and time to set up your laptop, read mail, etc.


Opening Remarks by Jeff Jaffe (W3C CEO)

08:30 to
Session 1:  Integration

Description: W3C Working groups produce standard specs for relatively narrow technical areas, but they also exist in a broader ecosystem of standards work. This theme focuses on what work W3C should take on (by itself or in conjunction with others) to make the work relevant to the broader ecosystem.

Moderator:  Noah Mendelsohn

  • RDF and Semantic Web: can we reach escape velocity?, by Jeni Tennison [slides]

    Jeni's talk will explore the ways in which RDF and the Semantic Web are succeeding, the areas in which there are challenges, and will consider what the W3C can do to to help these technologies become the de facto lingua franca for structured data publishing and exploration.

  • IETF/W3C coordination update, by Alexey Melnikov [slides]

    IETF area director Alexey Melnikov will discuss ongoing partnerships between the IETF and the W3C, and will explore opportunities for better coordinating our efforts in the future.

  • XML/HTML convergence, by Tim Berners-Lee (W3C) [slides]

    Although some progress has been made improving the compatibility of HTML5 with XML, there may yet be more that we can and should do. Tim will discuss work he and the TAG are doing to promote convergence of these two vital technologies.

  • Integration of accessibility into W3C specifications, by Janina Sajka [slides]

    Janina will give an overview of progress and challenges relating to integration of accessibility features into W3C specifications, focusing especially on HTML5.

10:15 to
10:45 to
Session 2:  The New Open Web Client Platform: HTML5, CSS3, and other goodies in action

Description: The excitement keeps growing around the new wave of Open Web technologies, and everyone is eager to see HTML5, CSS3, SVG, or various Web APIs in action. What is it all about? The most visible browser vendors kindly agreed to come on stage and show us the magic they can do with their latest implementations.

Moderator:  Philippe Le Hégaret (W3C)


  • Tab Atkins Jr (Google)
  • Hakon Wium Lie, Anne Van Kesteren (Opera) [demo1] [demo2]
  • Frank Olivier (Microsoft)
  • David Baron, Jonas Sicking (Mozilla)
11:15 to
Session 3:

Description: W3C's largest working group is the HTML5 WG. With the HTML5 WG entering the stretch drive, TPAC is a good opportunity to discuss the next version of HTML. Session topics include simplification of web technologies, modularity, authoring tools and content management, the <device> element, etc.

Moderator: Paul Cotton (Microsoft)

With HTML5, SVG 1.1 and portions of CSS 3 moving closer to or in Last Call, discussions are starting about what HTML6 will or could be. Patrick’s talk will discuss the opportunity that exists across W3C working groups and how we as members can simplify web technologies in a way that makes developers much more productive and successful than before.

  • HTML6: Core Web Standards: Renewed Perspectives, by Larry Masinter (W3C TAG, Adobe) [slides]

Larry will talk about areas of future development of the core web standard (including modularity, extensibility, architectural consistency) as well as a renewed focus on requirements from authoring tools, content management, high-quality publishing, and other applications beyond web browsing where interoperability will bring greater benefits to the web user community.

  • Real World HTML: the <device> element, by Adam Bergkvist (Ericsson AB) [slides]

The HTML device element, currently in development, will allow web developers to use devices such as webcams and microphones that were previously inaccessible without plug-ins. This will open up for new kinds of applications in HTML such as web videoconferencing. Adam will discuss the uses and implications of this novel technology.

  • XG Audio: Advanced audio functionality for Web browsers, by Chris Lowis (BBC) [slides]

Chris will demonstrate some of the prototypes that are informing the thinking of the XG Audio incubator group, including demos using the APIs in the upcoming Mozilla-based browsers and those being developed for Webkit. These demos include browser-based synthesis and sample playback and real-time music notation software. Chris will also give a brief overview of the emerging API to illustrate this functionality can be accessed in a simple but powerful way through Javascript.

12:30 to
Lunch in Forum 3 (for the BOF Tables, look for the sign-up sheets at coffee break area)

Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) Tables: Participants may add to provided sign-up sheets any topic they like for discussion at each lunch table, and all are welcome to sign-up to sit at a particular table where a discussion of interest is proposed to take place.

14:00 to
Session 4: Bringing new work (Part I)

Description: There are a number of ways people bring work to W3C (Workshops, XGs, Member Submissions). In this session, we will hear from people about recent workshop experience, some incubator group topics that may move to the standards track, and a new proposal for making it easier for more people to bring work to W3C. This is a lightning talk session.

Moderators: Marie-Claire Forgue (W3C) and Karen Myers (W3C)

Topics and Presenters:

  • EmotionML -- the challenge of dealing with human factors, by Marc Schröder (DFKI) [slides]
  • Findings from the Social Web Incubator Group, by Harry Halpin (W3C) [slides]
  • Speech-enabling your Web Pages, by Dan Burnett (Voxeo) [slides]
  • Why Semantic Web in the Oil & Gas Industry, by Roger Cutler (Chevron) [slides]
  • Mapping Relational Data to RDF, by Ashok Malhotra (Oracle) [slides]
14:30 to
Session 5: Web and TV

Description: This panel will look back at the results of the recent W3C workshop on Web and TV, discusss some of the new challenges that were identified and look forward to what steps should be taken next.

Moderator: Phil Archer (W3C)


  • Tristan Ferne (BBC)
  • Yosuke Funahashi (Tomo-Digi)
  • Libby Miller (NoTube)
  • Hyeonjae Lee/Dong Young (LG Electronics)
  • Mark Vickers (Comcast)
  • Kazuyuki Ashimura (W3C)
15:30 to
16:15 to
Session 6: Bringing new work (Part II)

Moderators: Marie-Claire Forgue (W3C) and Ian Jacobs (W3C)

Topics and Presenters:

  • 3D on the Web, by Kristian Sons (DFKI) [slides]
  • HTML5-X3D Graphics Demo: Event Passing Between Standards, by Johannes Behr (Fraunhofer IGD, Web3D Consortium) [slides]
  • Point of Interests for the Web, by Matt Womer (W3C) [slides]
  • Taking Accessibility to the Next Dimension: Thoughts About Canvas 3D, by Martin Kliehm (Namics) [slides]
  • XML Performance, by Mohamed Zergaoui (Innovimax) [slides]
  • WOFF: Benefits beyond Beauty, by Chris Lilley (W3C)
  • Privacy for the evolving Web Platform, by Thomas Roessler (W3C) [slides]
  • Web and philosophy, by Alexandre Monnin (University Panthéon – Sorbonne, Paris 1) [slides]
  • Making W3C the place for new standards, by Ian Jacobs (W3C) [slides]
  • Quickly creating new proposals to advance the Web, by Michael Champion (Microsoft) [slides]
17:15 to
General Q&A and Discussion
17:45 to
Closing Remarks

19:00-22:00: An evening reception will close the day in Forum Foyer, level -2 (Forums) of the Centre des Congrès (see map).

Audio Recording

Program Committee