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by Bruce Lawson
With all the whizzbangs of canvas and multimedia, the Ooh!s of the History API and the Aah!s of Appcache, the 30 new elements in HTML5 are often overlooked by developers coming to terms with what's new in the HTML Hood.
But semantics aren't the boring old comfortable cardigan in your developer wardrobe - they're the studded leather codpiece around which the rest of your Mighty HTML Warrior's armour is built.
We'll look at how the new HTML elements came about, note problems with their current specifications, then wonder whether those problems are actually features rather than bugs. We'll also consider the WHATWG's penchant for "teleological semantics" and, back in cardigan mode, propose a middle ground.
There will be no Turkish dancing videos.
by Stephen Hay
In this session, Stephen will introduce, discuss and give examples of CSS3 Regions.
Browsers have begun to introduce actual layout mechanisms like Flexible Box Layout and Grid/Template Layout. For this, we kneel humbly and are thankful. But while we're at it, why settle for rudimentary layout tools when we can add content flow to the mix? CSS Regions attempts to bring the power of content flow from print to the Web. Think of Regions as Multi-column layout on adrenaline. Regions can be extremely powerful and useful on their own. When combined with other CSS3 modules they will give web designers and developers creative freedom which rivals that of printed media.
Passion. Purpose. Promise. Pursuit. These are the 4 P's that create a Map for Awesomeness. Discover how to: embrace your passion, define your purpose, foster your promise, and engage your pursuit. Learn how to do this in a creative environment that encourages collaboration.
by Alex Russell
There's a lot of tension between today's markup and the semantics we're trying to express in our apps. HTML5 adds a few new types to help describe common cases, but what about when there's no allegory in markup for what you're building? What we need now is infrastructure, not guilt about being "non-semantic". This talk explores new standards-track work in WebKit that's going to enable say-what-you-mean development in completely new ways.
by Divya Manian
Working on websites is no longer a task that requires notepad and a browser to complete. The previous web developer revolution was about the semantics, but now we have real technologies that are being specced out and browsers in a race to implement. Your website is no longer a static page with headings and semantic markup.
With overwhelming array of choices, where do you begin?
In this talk I would like to go through what it takes to get a web development process right, including:
by Robert Nyman
This talk will go through one very important, and often painful, part of the web. That is, how can end users interact with a web site through forms, and for web developers, how do we develop them in the most efficient manner?
by John Resig
This talk will cover how the jQuery project has worked to provide the best possible experience for its users and has fostered a community around contributing back to the project. We'll look at what the project has done to create this environment and see how it can apply to other projects or companies.
We finally have the ability to serve custom fonts to all popular browsers. However, like everything in our profession, there’s a minefield of gotchas and peculiarities between browsers, devices and operating systems.
Although fonts are a design asset, this talk will be technical. We’ll look at what goes into a font file and how you can get rid of bits you may not need without damaging rendering for particular users.
We’ll investigate common pitfalls in performance made by almost, if not all, font delivery networks. We’ll also discover how the legal fluff surrounding typefaces can be a massive road-blocking joy-void.
Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called "The Pledge". You show something ordinary and build up anticipation. The second act is called "The Turn". The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. The third act, the hardest part, is "The Prestige". This is when you bring the extraordinary back to the real world. As web developers we nowadays seem to be addicted to magic tricks and we want to see more and more extraordinary things on stage and in blogs and articles to distract us from the mundane day to day jobs we have to do. This is not healthy and it is time to remember what we are here for. We do live in a magical world of development and it is time we start to use it in the real world and change our "best practices" and methodologies of the past to accommodate the needs of today. In this talk Chris Heilmann will show how each and everyone out there can do their part to make us all part of the magic instead of sitting back and consuming the show without learning the tricks.
6th–7th October 2011