Why the Web Needs HTML5

Meeting Date: 
Wednesday, June 6th 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Chris Joslyn

In early 2011 W3C launched HTML5. It is the first major revision of the HTML specification since 1997, a specification created before the world saw Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, Wikipedia, or even Google.

Perhaps it is a given that HTML5 is sorely needed. It promises to solve practical and immediate problems with web standards (video, animation, mobile, semantics, and much more) that despite demand have gone unresolved. Many of these problems, however, were already known to previous efforts to standardize the web, yet apparently failed where HTML5 has succeeded. Why? And what makes us think HTML5 won't suffer the same fate? This talk will given an overview of HTML5 and why it's critical to the modern web.

Chris Joslyn has waded neck-deep in web standards since the unexpected start of his internet-dependant career in 2004. He currently squeezes magic out of JavaScript as an Interactive Developer for Kenzan Media, developing interactive things and working to bring iTV via web or what-have-you to the masses.

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Multi Purpose Room, 2nd Floor College Center, Vassar College

The College Center at Vassar College is our new home starting in January 2012. The best parking on site is the north lot of campus, which is accessible off of Collegeview Ave in Poughkeepsie. Once you are parked in the north lot walk south along North Drive. The main building is the large building on the left after about 1000 ft. The College Center is the back half of that building (on your left as you are walking south).

Enter in the back through the glass doors, where the college book store is. Go immediately up one flight of stairs, and we'll be in the multi purpose room on the 2nd floor. The room will be open at 5pm, and people are welcome to come early.


Collegeview Ave
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603


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