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The core technologies of the Web: HTML, CSS, SVG and the DOM APIs always have a hot new thing, something coming soon that will change everything. That is as true today as it was 20 years ago. But sometimes, these hot things look sort of familiar. And other times, a particular technology takes decades to finally become mainstream and reliable. Why is that, and are we condemned to reinvent the wheel constantly? Drawing on his role as W3C Strategy Specialist on the Core Web, as well as two decades of Web standardization experience, Chris Lilley will take us on a tour of the past, present and future of the core Web Platform.