Talks by W3C Speakers

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.

Listing is based on the following search constraints:

  • Possible presentation dates: past few months and upcoming
  • Technology area: Web Design and Applications

May 2016

  • 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.

    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.

    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

  • 2016-06-16 (16 JUN)

    The third Browser Was is over and it’s a bloodshed

    by Daniel Glazman


    Nantes, France

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

    The third Browser War ignited more or less in 2010 when the four (yes, only four…) companies owning a major Web rendering engine started fighting for market shares. That war now reaches an end, and the browser landscape is, in five years’ time, extremely different from what it used to be. In this talk, I’m going to give you an insider’s view of the events, and will dive into the specifics of some that made the headlines more than others. You will discover a world deeply driven by technology, but with one unique goal, world domination, and where individual behaviours are not always at their best.
  • 2016-06-17 (17 JUN)

    The evolution of CSS 4 Color

    by Chris Lilley

    CSS Day

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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

  • 2016-06-23 (23 JUN)
    Over the last few years, the W3C Web Performance Working Group has been working to add several new performance-related APIs and to evolve the existing ones. Todd Reifsteck and Philippe Le Hegaret discuss the work the W3C Web Performance Working Group is doing, as well as performance-related efforts by other groups, so that you can be up to date with the latest developments and what’s coming next. Todd and Philippe also discuss how easy it is to get involved, provide feedback, and influence the direction that these standards will take, in order to help shape the future of web performance and the Web in general.

September 2016

  • 2016-09-14 (14 SEP)

    Web, meet Virtual Reality

    by Dominique Hazaël-Massieux

    View Source

    Berlin, Germany

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

    A combination of improvements in hardware and software capabilities has resulted in a lot of excitement around virtual reality experiences. In this session, we will explore how many of these improved capabilities are supported in modern browsers, and why the Web provides a promising pre-existing ecosystem for creating, distributing and experiencing virtual reality content, applications, and services.

October 2016

  • 2016-10-12 (12 OCT)

    Digital Contracts: The new economy disruptor

    by Renato Iannella

    HKU Experts Address Series

    Hong Kong, Hong Kong

    Relevant technology area: Web Design and Applications.

    Digital contracts are mechanisms to express the terms and conditions for digital content usage. Many attempts in the past have struggled with proprietary Digital Rights Management (DRM) infrastructure to assure content and rights information are transparently transacted. Digital permissions can also support Privacy and other policy assertions related to usage of digital data where no enforcement is desirable. With the emergence of HTML5 and Encrypted Media Extensions, we can envisage a truly open DRM system with digital contracts. This presentation will provide an overview of the past and present work in digital rights, and the emerging W3C permission expression language (ODRL). It will also cover the potential disruption with contract data becoming a part of the BlockChain infrastructure to support independently verifiable rights transactions.

November 2016

  • 2016-11-16 (16 NOV)

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

    by Shawn Henry and Sharron Rush

    Relevant technology area: Web Design and Applications.

  • 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: XML Core Technology, Web Design and Applications, and Web Architecture.

    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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