Last week was one of those busy weeks which was all about conferences and meetups and not a moment of desk time inbetween.
We kicked off with an Opera BBQ on Wednesday followed by @Media, then rounded off with Standards.Next on Saturday. All in all it was a very HTML5 themed week and thanks to a brilliant mix of people I learnt a lot and finally met some people who I’ve been chatting with over Twitter for some time now.
@Media rocked and ended on a high note with the announcement that Maxine Sherrin and John Allsopp would be taking over organisation of the event under the Web Directions monika. After so many rumours that 2009 was to be @Media’s last this was a more then welcome thing to hear. A hat tip and huge thank you to Patrick Griffiths’s for building @Media into what it is today.
For me though the highlight of the week was the first ever Standards.Next meetup focusing on HTML5 – the big news so far to come out of 2009 (well at least I think so). We had roughly 60 people show up to help us chew the fat over HTML5, myths, canvass, APS’s, HTML5.js and accessibility. Thank you to all the speakers for making the event more than Bruce and I could have hoped for and also to everyone who showed up on what was a beautiful summer’s Saturday.
Below are a few links for those that didn’t make it and I’ll keep you updated as to when we post video of the event:
- Dean Edwards – Dean presented his excellent html5.js library which will be available soon but you can get a sneak peek on video here. He demo’d implementations of Web Forms 2 that worked across browsers even adopting accessibility settings from the OS for some. An amazing piece of work.
- Martin Kliehm – HTML5 and Canvas slides, links and video shorts. Martin is the go to man for canvas and presented some great research and use cases that go beyond shoot-em-out games and Etch-a-Sketch.
- Steve Faulkner – HTML5 accessibility. The Mighty Steve Faulkner talked about accessibility issues as well as the relationship of WAI-ARIA to HTML5.
Next for Standards.Next
Plans are yet to be firmed up but we’re looking at doing cognition and accessibility Saturday 19th of September just after Techshare. If you’re interested in speaking or coming a long check the standards.nextwebsite for updates, we’d love to have you come along.
Update 29 June, 2009: Big thank you to Remy who’s managed to video Bruce, Dean’s and his own talks: