W3C Statements about TAG Nominees for 2015 Special Election

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This is the list of nominees for the 2015 Special Election to the W3C Technical Architecture Group (TAG). Each person has been nominated by at least one W3C Member according to the TAG election process.

The W3C Membership elects the TAG. For this election W3C will fill one seat.

Note: The deadline for votes is 23:59 ET, 12 May 2015.

The following statements were sent about the nominees (in alphabetical order by nominee family name):

  1. David Baron (Mozilla)
  2. Andrew Betts (Pearson/Financial Times)
  3. Sergey Konstantinov (Yandex)
  4. Bryan Sullivan (AT&T)

David Baron (Mozilla)

I am a Distinguished Engineer at Mozilla, where I have worked since it became an independent company in 2003. I have been involved in the CSS community and the development of the Gecko layout engine (used in Firefox and other Mozilla products) since 1998. I have been Mozilla's representative to the W3C Advisory Committee and to the W3C's CSS Working Group since 2004.

In my role at Mozilla, I implemented major CSS features such as media queries, CSS transitions and animations, and the CSS calc() function, designed and implemented the reftest regression test format for layout tests, and have been involved in the development of many aspects of Gecko from design and implementation of architectural changes to security bug fixing.

As a participant at the W3C, I edited the CSS Color Module, CSS Conditional Rules, CSS Transitions, CSS Animations, and the CSS Overflow Module, and I have been deeply involved in much other work in the CSS working group, and involved in the work of other groups as well.

I hope to see the TAG move the Web in a direction that makes it better for both its end users and for developers. A big part of this is the path in the Extensible Web Manifesto, which promotes exposing lower-level APIs that allow building higher-level APIs without first freezing them into browsers. This lets developers build new technology more quickly, and at the same time gives us a better way to manage the increasing complexity of Web technology. As we do this, we should keep the Web's technology deserving of the trust of users, so that users can stay secure and in control even when using Web sites that they don't fully trust.

I'd like to be part of a TAG that moves the Web in this direction. The TAG should continue being biased towards starting rather than stopping work, and balance keeping the Web platform consistent with itself with allowing innovation from a broad group of contributors.

Andrew Betts (Pearson/Financial Times)

Andrew is head of FT Labs at the Financial Times, which has been well regarded for some time for making practical and innovative use of web technology in products such as the FT (app.ft.com) and the Economist (app.economist.com) web apps. Also a prolific conference speaker on web technologies (lanyrd.com/profile/triblondon). Andrew's expertise covers working as a developer in a variety of web technologies, managing web development teams, organising events and writing papers and articles, as well as curating a twice-annual conference (edgeconf.com) bringing together developers, spec writers and browser vendors. He ran his own startup business for a decade before it was acquired by the FT.

On the TAG, Andrew wants to help connect the development, browser and spec communities, to produce better standards though improving communication and documentation practices, and evolving events like the Extensible Web Summit. He has specific technology interests in installable and discoverable web apps, and exposing native-equivalent APIs such as bluetooth, notifications and geofencing to the web platform. He's posted a more detailed explanation of his candidacy on his website at https://trib.tv/2015/04/13/im-running-for-the-tag/.

Sergey Konstantinov (Yandex)

Yandex is pleased to nominate Sergey Konstantinov for re-election to the TAG. After a break of several months he finds that he misses the work and wants to do more of it.

Sergey was an active contributor to the TAG in his time there, taking a lead in the EME, CSSregions and Web Animation reviews, as well as contributing to TAG's other reviews.

As lead architect on the Yandex Maps API, he brings deep technical knowledge combined with practical experience of implementing public APIs used by small- and large-scale developers to produce all kinds of services. Within Yandex he is connected to architects, developers, and business managers across a broad spectrum of backends and the Web services they support. His work in Yandex also involves meeting the expectations of the public, which includes "typical Silicon Valley-style" developers, as well as Russian developers. (While the so-called "runet" - the web as developed and used in Russian - is part of the one Web we share, like many regionally-focused parts of the Web it has some particularities in style, custom, and many of the key components are different).

Yandex and Sergey are committed to the TAG as a group proactively working to harmonise the work of W3C both internally, and with the working patterns and goals of developers worldwide. We ask for your votes to help us contribute as much as possible to the mission of W3C, and the success of a global Web that serves the world.

Bryan Sullivan (AT&T)

Since 2007, Bryan has actively supported development of the web as an open framework for mobile web applications, helping to bridge the gap between both the web and traditional telco standards and the web and native environments. With a focus on usability, efficiency, and user choice as key strategic principles for web platform development, in the TAG Bryan will promote a balanced approach to the complex issues facing the evolution of the web.

Coralie Mercier
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