State of the Browser: give your input!

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London Web Standards is pleased to present a guest blog post from Chris Mills.

Things are hotting up! The State of the Browser day is taking shape nicely, into what will doubtless prove to be a valuable and interesting day of discussions around the latest developments in the major web browsers. I’ll be there flying the flag for Opera, and there will also be representatives from our esteemed space-sharers, Mozilla, Google and Microsoft.

In terms of what we’ll be discussing, there will be some set sessions, but a number of the sessions will be fairly open, giving you the audience the opportunity to shape the day, and have your say. And this is why I’m blogging – I’d like you to give us your ideas ahead of time, or at least bring some ideas along for discussion!

I will be centering the Opera session around HTML5 forms, looking at what new features they bring to your toolbox, what browser support is currently like, and where things are going. I’d like your input here, as one bone of contention among HTML5 forms is stylability/customization of validation messages, currently only possible with JavaScript. I’ll lead a discussion on how this could be handled in other ways.

As for my breakout sessions, I’m thinking of giving mini tutorial sessions on newer CSS3 features such as object-fit, gradients and multi-col. I also want to get some feedback on Opera Dragonfly. But I’m also happy to run sessions on whatever you want help or a discussion on. We’ll have a board up at the event where people can suggest topics, others can vote topics up or down, and speakers can choose topics to cover.

Chris Mills

Chris is a long time advocate of accessibility, web standards and associated best practices, who now works for Opera, the viking browser vendor. In his previous career, he was a technical and commissioning editor for various publishing houses, including Wrox, Apress, and friends of ED. He spends a lot of his time promoting web best practices and inclusive design by publishing articles of (and other places), and giving lectures at conferences and universities worldwide. He is also the creator of the web standards curriculum (, a contributor to WaSP InterACT (, and a core team member of the open web education alliance ( He is also a coauthor of “InterACT with web standards: A holistic approach to web design” (New Riders, 2010,

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