Professional front-end engineering – Nate Koechley
I enjoyed this presentation although it was a little rushed and I had seen a fair bit of this before.
Rating – 0 doodles – 8/10
Building on the shoulder of giants – Jonathan Snook
The basic premise of this was to use the libraries out there since they’ve gone through the rigour of testing, browser problems, etc. I liked Jonathan but I thought the point was a bit too laboured and one hour was too much. I did like the time-line demo and the idea of small amounts of code to create a good site is appealing but it’s a fairly easy point to make.
Rating – 10 doodles – 6/10.
PS. I really liked Jonathan’s responses in the later panel discussion. His responses were mature and well-rounded and didn’t pander to the frankly crowd pleasing answers from a couple of the other panellists! He is clearly a smart man and I’ll certainly be adding him to my RSS reader.
John, the originator of the JQuery library, gave a great talk about the alternative libraries. I must confess that I’m almost 100% professionally in the Microsoft world but I do have a little experience of playing with one of those libraries, Yahoo’s YUI. So I did find the various pro’s and con’s of the libraries interesting. I also like John’s honest look at why libraries are good, and also why they might be bad. The libraries John concentrated on were;
Rating – 0 doodles, 8/10
WAI-ARIA – It’s easy – Steve Faulkner
Back to the presentation, Steve did have more than his fair share of presentation gremlins which did derail the flow.
Rating – 0 doodles – 7/10
Global Design: Characters, Language, and more – Richard Ishida
I really enjoyed Richard’s presentation last year and this was going well, for me, until I think Richard thought he was losing the audience. In this presentation Richard delved into the technical reasons of why you want to chose Unicode and encode with UTF-8. Richard gave some useful tips, such as turning off the dreaded BOM wherever possible, not bothering with the language meta-tag, using both language attributes in the xml declaration, not using xml declaration for IE6 (cause it pushes it into quirks mode – one I did know). As a developer I was enjoying the technical stuff but Richard seemed to realise that this wasn’t what all the audience wanted so he quickly took the level back up again and then rushed through the remaining slides.
Rating – 0 doodles – 7/10
The core of the talk can be found in the following W3C Unicode tutorial
PS. I was a little disappointed that Richard didn’t respond to one of the panel questions (he was in the audience) about why data is important to accessibility as the panel struggled and kept thinking, "we just heard Richard tell us for 1 hour about the importance of encoding to making localising/globalising a site" – a form of accessibility.
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