Saturday 20th April, 2013
10:00am to 10:35am
Is browser monoculture really good for the future of the web? Will the uneasy alliance between stakeholders reach fever pitch in 2013? What’s coming after HTML5, and is the dream of an open web once again under threat?
The WebKit Open Source project is a powerhouse of innovation on web standards and browser technology. Driven by an unlikely collaboration between tech giant rivals and a regiment of rockstar coders, WebKit is becoming the de-facto browser engine for desktop web browsers, mobiles and connected devices.
In this talk, Alp Toker will lay bare the state of WebKit today and explain why we all need work together now to build a better future for the open web.
British Programmer, Web Browser Technologist and team lead at Nuanti Browser Labs. The Web is the Platform: Let's make it Awesome!
Alp Toker is a British programmer and web browser technologist. In 1994, he developed one of the earliest browsers, and at age 11 attained an A Level in Computer Science with his work on web rendering technology.
Since 2006 Alp has become one of the first team leads on the WebKit project outside of Apple’s own Safari group. His developments on mobile browsing have been incorporated into iPhone, and the porting layer has since formed the underpinning of the Android browser and Google Chrome.
Alp believes in the browser as an agent of change, having worked on projects like WebKit for OLPC to give Internet access to children in developing countries. His company Nuanti is instrumental in HTML5 video, CSS3, ACID3 and web accessibility that lets vision-impaired users “see” the web.
Alp Toker continues to realise his dream at Nuanti where he’s heading up Boot2WebKit, a new OS for connected TV, game consoles and smart devices built on open web standards.
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