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Michael ™ Smith – A jungle cruise through the wild regions of HTML5 and surrounding territories

Web Directions South 2008, Sydney Convention Centre, September 26 11.45am.

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Session description

You’re invited to join a narrated exploration into the exotic regions of HTML5 and surrounding territories. Your journey will begin with a preparatory briefing about what to expect from HTML5 – what’s different, what’s new, what to look forward to, what to watch out for. During the cruise, we’ll make some short excursions into surrounding territories adjoining HTML5, and you’ll learn a bit about their history and relationship to HTML5.

About Michael ™ Smith

Portrait of Michael (tm) SmithMichael ™ Smith is co-chair of the W3C HTML Working Group (helping develop the next version of the Web’s core language, HTML5) as well as one-half of a tag team of W3C rowdies who do the grunt work for the Web Applications Working Group.

Mike’s been involved in design, development, testing, and deployment of Internet applications for more than 10 years — from carrier-grade e-mail delivery systems and server-side content-transformation technologies to Web browsers deployed across a range of devices.

Before joining the W3C, he worked on systems for mobile operators in Japan — at Openwave Systems (whose mobile browser has shipped on more than one billion handsets) and at Opera Software (whose mobile browser was the first “full” browser to ship preinstalled on handsets in Japan). At the W3C, he started as the Asia lead for the Mobile Web Initiative before shifting to his current focus on work related to core browser technologies.

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