Talks by W3C Speakers (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.

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

  • 2016-06-01 (1 JUN)

    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.

    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.

    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


    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.

    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.

    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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