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Talks by W3C Speakers (Recent and Upcoming)

Many in the W3C community — including staff, chairs, and Member representatives — present W3C work at conferences and other events. Below you will find a list some of the talks. All material is copyright of the author, except where otherwise noted.

April 2016

May 2016

  • 2016-05-03 (3 MAY)

    A história das CSS: do Working Group às especificações (The CSS History: from the Working Group to the specs)

    by Newton

    CSS Day

    Maceió, Brazil

    Relevant technology area: Web Design and Applications.

    Abstract:
    The CSS history will be shown in this presentation, which also will show about the CSS Working Group as well as the W3C process of creating specs and recommendations.
  • 2016-05-05 (5 MAY)

    HTML5

    by Steven Pemberton

    J.Boye Philadelphia 16

    Philadelphia, USA

    Relevant technology area: Web Architecture.

  • 2016-05-09 (9 MAY)

    Catching Up with Accessibility: Beginner's Basics (tutorial)

    by Shawn Henry

    AccessU

    Austin, TX, USA

    Relevant technology area: Web Design and Applications.

    Abstract:
    If you're just getting started in web accessibility or if you want to make sure you have the basics covered, this class is for you. It provides you with a solid foundation for understanding how people with disabilities use the web, experiencing common web accessibility barriers, and learning the easy things and the most important things you can do now to get up to speed on accessibility. We'll focus mostly on the user experience aspects of web accessibility, and mention a little about the underlying code. (You don't need to know HTML or coding to get a lot from this class.) For those who want to learn about checking/evaluating web accessibility, this class provides a good basis for tomorrow's class, "Easy Checks for Web Accessibility: Get the Gist (No Experience Necessary)."
  • 2016-05-09 (9 MAY)

    Easy Checks for Web Accessibility: Get the Gist (No Experience Necessary) (tutorial)

    by Shawn Henry

    AccessU

    Austin, TX, USA

    Relevant technology area: Web Design and Applications.

    Abstract:
    Have you ever wondered: "Is this web page accessible?" If you can use the Web, you can get a good start at an answer — no expertise required! Whereas web accessibility evaluation tools spit out complex results that require knowledge to interpret, the W3C resource "Easy Checks - A First Review of Web Accessibility" provides a different approach. It walks you through some basic accessibility evaluation with guidance for understanding what you are checking. Most people can complete these checks in about 10 minutes once they understand them. If you're new to web accessibility, it will take some time to learn. This session provides a jump start to understanding and using Easy Checks so that you can start to answer: "Is this web page accessible?” (Monday's class, "Catching Up with Accessibility: Beginners Basics," provides a handy background for this class; however, it is not a prerequisite.)
  • 2016-05-09 (9 MAY)

    The WAI to Web Accessibility: An Interactive Tour Through Resources form the W3C Web Accessibility (tutorial)

    by Shawn Henry, Sharron Rush, and Brent Bakken

    AccessU

    Austin, TX, USA

    Relevant technology area: Web Design and Applications.

    Abstract:
    W3C WAI is best know for WCAG, the international web standard Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Yet WAI provides a wealth of web accessibility information for project managers, content authors, developers, designers, testers, policy makers, trainers, people with disabilities, accessibility advocates, and others. However, some people are overwhelmed from starting with the standards. But there's an easier way! In this class we'll help you find the gold within the WAI website. WAI provides resources to help you create an environment where accessibility flourishes -- whether you need to better understand how people use the web, prepare a business case to secure management support, train developers new to accessibility, integrate accessibility into a project plan, write an accessibility policy, meet international standards, or learn best practices for mobile accessibility. Whatever your web accessibility questions, and we'll show you where to go for answers. You'll also get a sneak peak at new resources in development and learn how you can help advance web accessibility and share your insights with others.
  • 2016-05-12 (12 MAY)

    The Second Enlightenment

    by Steven Pemberton

    DrupalJam 2016

    Utrecht, The Netherlands

    Relevant technology area: Web Architecture.

  • 2016-05-12 (12 MAY)

    W3C Web Standards Work for the Automotive Industry

    by Bernard Gidon

  • 2016-05-18 (18 MAY)

    Dados na Web: porque é importante conectar (Data on the Web: why linking matters)

    by Yaso Córdova

    Data Science: O Y da questão
    (Data Science: the "Y" factor)

    São Paulo, Brazil

    Relevant technology area: Semantic Web.

    Abstract:
    Interligar dados e aplicar técnicas da Web semântica em datasets abertos para torná-los encontráveis na Web pode significar um belo empurrão para quem faz uso de dados abertos. Complementar essas técnicas com muitas outras, como o Machine Learning por exemplo, pode aumentar as chances de negócios e ajudar na interoperabilidade em, tempos de IoT.
  • 2016-05-19 (19 MAY)

    Securing the open web platform

    by Wendy Seltzer

    OSCON

    Austin, TX, USA

    Abstract:
    One of the Web’s greatest strengths is its generality, its openness to new links and unexpected uses. Openness also means that different applications and users have different security goals and threat models. A mash-up that’s desired by one may be dangerous to another. As stewards of the Open Web Platform, W3C aims to accommodate these different needs through modular components, including work on user security and authentication, cooperative policy enforcement, and platform-level reviews. I’ll talk about what’s done, what’s in progress, and where we’re looking next to support an environment for trustworthy application development. Among the topics of current work, I will share updates on: WebCrypto and Authentication: can we kill the password yet? WebAppSec CSP and more: cooperative policy enforcement in the browser HTTPS upgrade: making it easier for Web apps to go secure Security and Privacy Considerations: building security in to specs and their implementations We’ll also talk about broader patterns. While we can’t guarantee the security of “the Web” as an application platform, we can make it easier for authors to write secure Web apps, and for users to distinguish those they trust. Can we take the hard-earned lessons of Web security to other environments that are opening, such as the burgeoning universe of connected things and cars? Can we get both security and space for innovation?
  • 2016-05-19 (19 MAY)
  • 2016-05-25 (25 MAY)

    The Future of Speech Standards (panel)

    by Deborah Dahl, Daniel Burnett, and Brian Susko

    SpeechTEK 2016

    Washington, D.C., USA

    Relevant technology areas: Web Design and Applications and Web of Devices.

    Abstract:
    Which emerging standards, such as WebRTC, SCXML and discovery and registration of multimodal modality components, should SpeechTEK attendees be aware of? What new standards and extensions for existing standards are needed to accelerate the development of new applications using speech technologies? Which standards would enable virtual agents to communicate with one another? What new speech standards are needed, such as statistical language models or JavaScript APIs in the browser? Which standards organizations should be involved? How can standards accommodate advances in spoken dialogue technology, such as statistical dialogue management or incremental speech processing?
  • 2016-05-26 (26 MAY)

    Developing Multimodal Applications for New Platforms

    by Deborah Dahl

    SpeechTEK 2016

    Washington, D.C., USA

    Relevant technology areas: Web Design and Applications and Web of Devices.

    Abstract:
    Multimodal interfaces, combining speech, graphics, and sensor input, are becoming increasingly important for interaction with the rapidly expanding variety of nontraditional platforms, including mobile, wearable, robots, and devices in the Internet of Things. User interfaces on these platforms will need to be much more varied than traditional user interfaces. We demonstrate how to develop multimodal clients using standards such as WebRTC, WebAudio, and Web Sockets and the Open Web Platform, including open technologies such as HTML5, JavaScript and CSS. We also discuss integration with cloud resources for technologies such as speech recognition and natural language understanding. Attendees should have access to a browser that supports the Open Web Platform standards, for example, the current versions of Chrome, Firefox, or Opera. Basic knowledge of HTML5 and JavaScript would be very helpful.

June 2016

  • 2016-06-01 (1 JUN)
    Abstract:

    The World Wide Web Consortium, W3C, is known for standards like HTML and CSS but there's a lot more to it than that. Mobile, automotive, publishing, graphics, TV and more. Then there are horizontal issues like privacy, security, accessibility and internationalisation. Many of these assume that there is an underlying data infrastructure to power applications.

    In this session, W3C's Data Activity Lead, Phil Archer, will describe the overall vision for better use of the Web as a platform for sharing data and how that translates into recent, current and possible future work. What's the difference between using the Web as a data platform and as a glorified USB stick? Why does it matter? And what makes a standard a standard anyway?

  • 2016-06-02 (2 JUN)

    Melhores práticas para Dados na Web (Data on the Web Best Practices)

    by Yaso Córdova

    Relevant technology area: Semantic Web.

    Abstract:
    This lecture will provide best practices related to the publication and usage of data on the Web. Data should be discoverable and understandable by humans and machines. Where data is used in some way, whether by the originator of the data or by an external party, such usage should also be discoverable and the efforts of the data publisher recognized. In short, following these best practices will facilitate interaction between publishers and consumers.
  • 2016-06-05 (5 JUN)

    Parse Earley, Parse Often

    by Steven Pemberton

    XML London

    London, United Kingdom

    Relevant technology areas: XML Core Technology and Web Architecture.

    Abstract:
    Invisible XML, ixml for short, is a generic technique for treating any parsable format as if it were XML, and thus allowing any parsable object to be injected into an XML pipeline. Based on the observation that XML can just be seen as the description of a parse-tree, any document can be parsed, and then serialised as XML. The parsing can also be undone, thus allowing roundtripping. This paper discusses issues around grammar design, and in particular parsing algorithms used to recognise any document, and converting the resultant parse-tree into XML, and gives a new perspective on a classic algorithm.
  • 2016-06-17 (17 JUN)

    The evolution of CSS 4 Color

    by Chris Lilley

    CSS Day

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Relevant technology areas: Web Design and Applications and Browsers and Other Agents.

  • 2016-06-21 (21 JUN)

    Streamlining Web Payments (panel)

    by Ian Jacobs

    Abstract:

    For many users, Web purchases can be a frustrating experience, especially on mobile devices. Poor user experiences such as typing information again and again or following complex steps to payment lead all too often to error and high rates of cart abandonment.

    W3C has begun to work on a standard API to help streamline checkout. This API will enable superior user experiences and enable merchants to take advantage of more secure payment methods to reduce liability and protect sensitive user information.

    In this Webinar we will discuss the goals of this standards effort, the emerging architecture for the payment request API, and the anticipated impact on merchants and other e-Commerce players. We will also introduce other payment-related activities and discussions at W3C that will affect merchants and other stakeholders in the global payment ecosystem.

August 2016

September 2016

  • 2016-09-24 (24 SEP)

    REST Interfaces to the Internet of Things

    by Steven Pemberton and Jack Jansen

    EuroIA 2016

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Relevant technology areas: XML Core Technology, Web Architecture, and Web of Devices.

    Abstract:
    This talk shares insights from an on-going project coordinating data from Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and using a declarative interface to that data. REST (REpresentational State Transfer) is the architectural basis of the web. As Wikipedia points out “REST’s coordinated set of constraints, applied to the design of components in a distributed hypermedia system, can lead to a higher-performing and more maintainable software architecture.” So how can you apply the same ideas to the Internet of Things? The Internet of Things is driven by many tiny low-powered processors that produce data in a variety of different formats, and produce the data in different ways, sometimes on demand (such as thermostats), sometimes by pushing it (such as presence detectors). Traditionally, applications have to be a mash up of accesses to devices and formats. To use the data in a cohesive application, the data has to be collected and integrated; this allows very low demands to be put on the devices themselves. This project places a thin REST-layer around a diverse collection of Internet of Things devices, hiding the data-format and data-access differences, and updating the devices automatically as needed; this then allows a REST-style declarative interface to access and control the devices without having to worry about the variety of device-interfaces and formats.

November 2016

  • 2016-11-21 (21 NOV)

    XForms, the only Standard Web Framework

    by Steven Pemberton

    NLUUG najaarsconferentie
    (NLUUG Autumn Conference)

    Bunnik, The Netherlands

    Relevant technology areas: Web Design and Applications, XML Core Technology, and Web Architecture.

    Abstract:
    XForms is a W3C standard that was originally designed to allow the specification of form-handling on the web. However, after the release of version 1.0, it was quickly realised that with a small amount of generalisation the markup could be used for more general processing and application definition. And so was born XForms 1.1. XForms has now been in use for a number of years, and is widely used on websites, but also for other applications, such as the definition of machine interfaces, the operation of submarines, for ship-building, banking and insurance, food processing, medical research, and many others. The Dutch weather service KNMI is based on XForms; several Dutch government ministries use XForms. XForms is an integral part of ODF, the Open Office Format. XForms has a number of unique properties when compared with most framework languages. Firstly it has a strict separation of data and user-interface, allowing you to specify what might be called data sheets with initial values, types, constraints and dependencies, separately from the interface. Secondly, the interface uses intent-based controls that only specify what the control is supposed to do, and not how it should achieve that. That means for instance that the same control can drive a menu, or a drop down list or radio buttons, depending on needs. This can be changed by style sheets for instance. This makes applications far more device-independent, since an application can adapt to its environment, rather than requiring the author to write different applications for different devices. Thirdly, functionality is specified declaratively rather than procedurally. This reduces the size of application significantly, and vastly reduces production times and costs (examples have shown that an order of magnitude savings can be achieved). This talk introduces the elements of XForms, and then develops a Google-maps-style application in about 100 lines of code.

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