Recap: My Refresh Bellingham Presentation – The Ghosts of Web Standards Present

December 30, 2009

On December 16th, 2009, I had the opportunity to do something I’d been meaning to do for a while. I gave a presentation (in front of an audience, even) about web standards! I was invited to speak at Refresh Bellingham, which was a great experience. Discussing the topics of CSS3, HTML5 and Mobile, I definitely bit off a larger chunk than I needed to (in the future I think I’ll pare the experience down to CSS3 and HTML5 unless it’s for a much longer time format), but by the end of the presentation I felt like I’d done a good job of entertaining the audience and maybe teaching some of them a thing or two.

And, by George, that was a really good feeling.

Entitled: “The Ghosts of Web Standards Present: CSS3, HTML5 and Mobile”, the whole thing ran about an hour and fifteen minutes. Fortunately people laughed at all of my jokes, so it wasn’t too torturous. I talked about the varying level of support in modern browsers for new CSS3 and HTML5 features (and how that shouldn’t matter), as well as my thoughts on the need to be ready for mobile devices today in our designs. If I did it again, I’d probably put more advanced CSS3 techniques and HTML5 tricks in, as I uncovered a whole slew of new things I’d not experimented with before while doing research for it.

Although the slides don’t contain the majority of my witty dialog (I’m so modest), I’ve put them up (after some corrections and modifications) for you to look at if you’d like. The background will flash into it’s proper place two seconds after the page loads, by design (I had some issues with the popdown request for the geolocation interfering with the way the background looked on the slide projector).

The Ghosts of Web Standards Present

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3 Responses to “Recap: My Refresh Bellingham Presentation – The Ghosts of Web Standards Present”

  1. Congratulations! I just read the presentation, it looks great! Is there any chance of getting the audio? I’m sure a lot would love that :)

  2. It was great! The slides, that is.
    Using Chrome, though, the transformations and rounded corners didn’t work. I’m not sure why that would be.

    I’m excited to have my own first speaking experience, whenever that’ll be. There don’t seem to be many venues in Canada, so I’m going to have to make my own, first!

  3. Read your post on the mindfly blog about stylesheets for handheld and mobile devices and found myself sorting through cssquirrel where I found your slideshow for the Refresh Bellingham talk on HTML5, CSS3 and Mobile CSS design.

    I’m wondering where you got your stats from for the number of Mobile Web users in 2010 vs PC-based Web users as well as the line that mobile web users will outnumber pc web users by 2011.

    At any rate, wish I could have heard the presentation live. Looks like it was a fun and informative event. Thanks for posting it as well as the piece on mobile stylesheets over at mindfly.