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Chris, currently the co-chair of the W3C's HTML working group, and Platform Architect of the Internet Explorer browser has a long and extraordinary career with the web. He was a developer of Mosaic, the browser which really kickstarted the web as a mainstream medium. As developer for IE3 for Windows, he was the first to implement CSS support in a commercial browser. And he has for many years been associated with the W3C and the development of many of the web standards we take for granted today.In his keynote, Chris will examine the state of the web, some of the problems facing browsers (as Platform Architect of the Internet Explorer browser) and standards (as co-chair of the HTML Working Group) and explore what we need to do together to move the web forward. This is very very timely in the context of the current state of HTML, about which there is a great deal of debate and no little controversy in some quarters. It's a privilege to be able to get the low down from someone so tremendously experienced and deeply involved in making the web what it is today, and in helping shape what it will become.Chris's keynote will close the first day of the conference, leading no doubt to many interesting and important discussions at the reception that follow immediately afterwards." 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Mark is one of the things the web seems to foster so well, a genuine polymath, whose "blog" hyperpeople (I hesitate to call it that because its really a collection of sophisticated essays, but don't let that put you off).On of Mark's principle points of interest is what happens as more people care connected - his focus is the people at the edge of the network, rather than just the devices and services.His latest essay, "Understanding Gilmore’s Law: Telecoms Edition OR, How I Quit Worrying and Learned to be a Commodity" covers a broad landscape, from the how mobile phones have revolutionised the lives of fishermen in one of my "favourite places I've never managed to visit" Kerala in India's south, to why Telstra isn't needed anymore.When you grab a coffee, of take a break today, do yourself a favour and go and take a read.Mark will again be the closing keynote speaker at Web Directions South this year." 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For now, she's been in the news a fair bit, and has just published an article on testability for the eminent online journal "A list apart"
You’d be forgiven for not recognizing the term "testability", despite its central importance to the W3C’s new Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0). There’s little mention of testability in WCAG 2.0 documents—and given the verbosity of the guidelines, the absence of information about testability seems almost purposeful. Indeed, testability is one of WCAG 2.0’s big secrets: while most of the public complaints about WCAG 2.0 have been about technology neutrality, jargon, and the lack of attention to people with cognitive disabilities, the underlying cause behind these issues—testability—has taken a back seat.
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Read/Write Web is profiling Wikia today. They are doing some extraordinary things.Angela is just one of nearly 30 amazing people we are privileged to have speaking at the conference this year." 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And then a time when the web was an interesting technology. And then Mosaic, the browser which by virtue of (many people would argue) incorporating inline images in web pages kickstarted the web.I think that in the wake of today's announcements from Apple, the iPhone will be the equivalent of Mosaic for the mobile web.Many web developers have been waiting a long time for the fabled mobile web to arrive. From WAP 1.0, we've been anticipating the web we can take everywhere, on mobile phones and similar devices.Yes, mobiles, PSPs, specialized devices like SONY's Mylo can all kinda do the web. But we've been waiting for a critical mass, a solid user base, and above all unified platform to make the promise a good business proposition.A lot of people have been waiting the iPhone with extraordinary enthusiasm. Today Apple made two announcements which I think will have enormous impact on the future of the mobile web.1. Webapps are the way for developers to write apps for the iPhone. But why that's important is that they will run in Safari, the heart of which, Webkit, is an open source, highly standards compliant rendering engine, used not only in Safari, but in browsers like Nokia's open source S60 platform.2. Safari is now available on Windows (XP and Vista), so whether your primary platform for development is Mac or Windows (with Linux you aren't quite out of luck, as KHTML shares a lot of common functionality at its core with Safari), you have a standards compliant browser that will also allow you to target the iPhone.Now, with over a billion mobile phones, a sizeable percentage of which do have some kind of web support, why will a few million iPhones, perhaps a percent or two of all such possible devices, make any kind of difference?One of the biggest drawbacks to mobile web adoption has been data cost. Pricing for data on a handset has typically been ridiculously expensive, metred by the byte, and very opaquely priced. As a consequence, people simply don't think about using data based or web services. The other drawback is that the hand held web interface is an utterly different paradigm from the web most people are familiar with - on their computer. When you don't know what its going to cost you, are you going to experiment, play, learn? I think it's unlikely.The iPhone addresses both these.The iPhone has wifi enabled, and so when you have access to a wifi network, you can use the real web, for free, on a device designed for that purpose, rather than having to use your mobile network. If you know how the mobile market works in the US, where features like bluetooth are routinely disabled in devices due to the carriers, you'll perhaps see why Apple is so important here - few others would have the clout to achieve this.So, while the iPhone will account for a tiny percentage of phone users, I'd argue that very quickly, it will account for a significant percentage of all mobile web users. 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Since last week's launch there's been a lot of coverage online about the conference (and brisk signups too, thanks very much for those who have signed up already, we are off to a cracking start). One thing that a number of people have mentioned is that Web Directions is a web design and development conference. Which is true - but it's not just that. In the past, while the focus has been very largely on web design and development, it's never been exclusively so. And this year, while keeping a lot of focus on those areas (two of our three tracks are design and development focussed) we've broadened the subject area of the conference again, with a new track focussing on business/strategy/management issues.

Like the rest of our content, it's valuable, expert presented, and guaranteed waffle free. Subjects covered include

Web Directions really is the Australian Web Industry's leading conference, with ground breaking ideas whatever your role or roles within the industry.

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EveryBlock will be a hyperlocal Web site that aggregates an unprecedented depth and breadth of public records, mainstream news sources, photographs, blogs and user-contributed information.
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speakers

Mark Pesce in today’s Sydney Morning Herald

Web Directions closing keynote speaker, Mark Pesce is interviewed in depth in today’s Sydney Morning Herald.

So to get a sense of what he’ll be talking about, and the ideas he is kicking around, take a look.

New keynote speaker — Chris Wilson

We are really excited to announce our final keynote speaker for Web Directions South 2007 — Chris Wilson. Chris, currently the co-​​chair of the W3C’s HTML working group, and Platform Architect of the Internet Explorer browser has a long and extraordinary career with the web. He was a developer … Read more »

Web Directions Speakers — Mark Pesce

Last year’s conference closed with what may just become something of a tradition, a keynote from Mark Pesce. Mark is one of the things the web seems to foster so well, a genuine polymath, whose “blog” hyperpeople (I hesitate to call it that because its really a collection of … Read more »

Speakers in the news — Scott Gledhill

A new local speaker for 2007 is Scott Gledhill, from News Interactive. Well, Scott’s a local now, though hails from near Vancouver in Canada. Scott’s newsigh blog, http://​standardzilla​.com/ provides no nonsense opinion and idea on using standards in a corporate context, and he’s just had a feature article published … Read more »

Early bird finishes tomorrow at midnight, Andy Clarke selling fast

A quick final reminder that to get $200 off the full ticket price of Web Directions, (that makes it only $795 including GST) you’ll have to register by tomorrow night at midnight. You can pay later, but that is the final chance to get the early bird discount.

Registrations have been … Read more »

Web Directions speakers in the news — Gian Sampson-​​Wild

While she might not e speaking this year, last year’s speaker Gian Sampson-​​Wild has an important role to play in conjunction with Web Directions South this year, which we’ll be announcing next week. For now, she’s been in the news a fair bit, and has just published an article on … Read more »

Web Directions speakers in the news — Angela Beesley

Angela Beesley, speaking on Wikis and community collaboration in our management/​strategy track is, along with Jimmy Wales (founder of Wikipedia) a founder of Wikia, which aims to be “To be the definitive, unbiased resource of the Web.”. Read/​Write Web is profiling Wikia today. They are doing … Read more »

iPhone/​Safari is the Mosaic of the Mobile Web

Really old folks like me remember a time before the web. And then a time when the web was an interesting technology. And then Mosaic, the browser which by virtue of (many people would argue) incorporating inline images in web pages kickstarted the web.

I think that in the wake … Read more »

Web Directions — it’s not just for geeks

Since last week’s launch there’s been a lot of coverage online about the conference (and brisk signups too, thanks very much for those who have signed up already, we are off to a cracking start). One thing that a number of people have mentioned is that Web Directions is a … Read more »

Web Directions Speakers in profile — Adrian Holovaty

I’m not quite sure when I first heard of Adrian Holovaty, but I’d long heard of Chicago Crime, one of the very first “mashups”, which Adrian developed. With that kind of achievement, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Adrian was a computer scientist, but in fact, his background … Read more »