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Michael(tm) Smith – HTML5 Report Card

Web Directions South 2010, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, October 15 10.45am.

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Session description

Remember how fun it was to do hands-on classroom projects together in kindergarten? Well, this interactive session is going to be like that, but just with bigger people.

In the first part of the session, I’ll hand out blank report cards, and each of us will — individually and based on whatever criteria we personally want to use — use those report cards to assign A, B, C, D, and E letter grades to particular new features that are part of HTML5 and related specifications that are supported to some degree in browsers.

Then I’ll collect those, and use the info to judge which HTML5 features to focus the discussion on during the second part of the session. During the second part of the session, we’ll make a handful of poster-side HTML5 Report Cards together, by taking a look at the HTML5 features we identified during the first part of the session, and then assigning A, B, C, D, and E letter grades to those together — based on the current quality of the features/implementations, and on criteria such as if/how well the features actually work as expected, as well as on some criteria such as “plays well with others”, “areas where improvement is needed”, etc.

About Michael(tm) Smith

Michael(tm) Smith PortraitMichael(tm) Smith joined the W3C in 2007. He help with work on W3C core standards related to browsing technologies; in particular, the phenomenon known as HTML5, as well as other standards related to Web application APIs. Michael has been based in Tokyo since 2001. Prior to joining the W3C, he worked for Opera Software, and prior to that, for Openwave Systems — most of that time involved with design, development, testing, and deployment of software for mobile operators.

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