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@media – day 1

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For me (and quite a few other people it seemed) @media technically started last night at the pre-conference party. As usual I did rather over indulge in the old drink so while I was extremely keen to I couldn’t actually do any kind of review of the event, what happened and who I met – while I could try it wouldn’t make a lick of sense. In a nutshell it was a big piss-up with a selection of savoury snacks – fantastic!

Thankfully for everyone involved I am in a much better state tonight, me and a few conference mates went for a curry and it has done as all good curries should do stemmed any kinda of drink stupor – again I must say fantastic. This means I can now reviews the days events in a way which will (hopefully) make sense, it was a great day so I would like to do it the credit it deserves.

Eric Mayer – keynotes

I have a feeling this was a rather generic Eric Meyer type speech. Basically it covered the first ten years of CSS (the first role out and real world implementations arising in IE 3 which shipped in 1996), its bugs, progression (through much dialog and swearing with the CSS Samurai) and its now very much wide spread acceptance in the world of web design (and also app design – we can’t forget those 2.0 boys).

I think that everyone there had a pretty good prior knowledge of the things he was talking about, probably having read about them in his very own blog but I always feel that actually hearing it direct from the source makes the whole experience and what is being said much more real and a better perspective is attained of the struggles and battles which were fought to ultimately make our lives as developers easier.

It was a great, enlightening start to the day and it left me with high expectations of what was to follow.

Jeremy Keith – using the DOM to plug holes in CSS

Being a fan of ‘practical’ sessions and being rather bright eyed and breezy I was up for learning some cool new methods which I could use on our soon to be implemented CMS site. And I feel that I got just this.

Covering a number of standard features which we would like to have in CSS but currently don’t have (such as zebra tables, and making meta attributes of elements humanly visible) Jeremy went though how he would do things, plans them and then implemented them. We also covered rounded corners at which the phrase “Koboyashi Maru” was penned (I think this relates to a episode of Star Trek, that about as much as I could understand) which relates to an unsolvable problem (in this regard the implementation of rounded corners and how we should really do it). As I hoped there were a number of things that I think I can include in future projects – inspiration is what I most love about @media.

Jeremy is a very good speaker; I think we shared a very similar sense of humour (though the subjects we humour about will differ greatly) which lead to his use of a picture of William Shatner – any presentation including such media is good in my book!

Chris Wilson – IE7 and beyond

For all intensive purposes Chris Wilson IS IE7 (and in fact has been at Microsoft since the development of IE3!); he even has a little IE logo on the back of his laptop which to me further fuelled the ideas that he lives and breathes the product, I do think he said that if Microsoft decided to put him onto other products then he would probably just leave the company and start surfing (or scuba diving) for a living! To be able to hear someone who REALLY knows abut IE actually talk about it was an absolutely fantastic experience.

The presentation started off covering the new security features and user interface and experience features of the browser – its all looks pretty sweet (not sure if its sweet enough to get me off Firefox though!). The one feature which did sound extremely interesting was the OpenSearch.. From what I could gather OpenSearch will allow for a user to use the search box in the IE interfaces (very similar to Firefox…) to search not only the default of msdn but also any other site which allows for the use of OpenSearch (which is very unsimilar to Firefox!). I like the idea of this and think I need to read more about it; I also question really why someone would WANT to do that, isn’t it more convenient to just visit the site to search for the stuff you want when there??

The web development options were then charged over including all the bugs which HAVE been fixed (from the position is everything list only one still remains), what we should be doing to check that our sites won’t break (one thing I had never heard about was the IE7 readiness toolkit) and then the future developments for IE (something Chris REALLY hopes isn’t going to be another 5 years down the line!) – including the fact that Microsoft have provided funding for at least a further two iterations; what happens after this I have no idea and really should have asked, hindsight and everything….

Chris was a really interesting guy to hear talk and it was also really surprising to hear someone so into IE talk openly and honestly about the mistakes that have been made over at Microsoft in regard to IE.

Andy Clarke, Gez Lemon, Patrick Lauke and Ian Lloyd – WCAG 2.0

Four guys, one set of guidelines (not forgetting all the supporting documents!)

Lots has been said about WCAG 2.0 and mainly the press its been getting has been pretty negative – I feel that for me this session has redressed the balance – of cause everything could change again when the final copy is finalises (the team are still up for comments!) but I think we had better cross that bridge when we come to it!

I think the thing about WCAG 2.0 that is going to hinder its acceptance is the fact that it is now no longer HTML specific and its guidelines are now far more up for individual perception on what they actually mean in regard to all the possible media options that we have to get it to deal with. But again I am sure that this will become far clearer as soon as people actually start properly working with and it trying to conform with it – its going to be a watch this step kinda thing.

Jeffrey Veen – Web 2.0

I have to say it but this was the first time in the WHOLE conference that I had heard the term ‘Web 2.0′ actually used by anyone – not sure what to think about that but hearing Jeffrey talk about it was certainly one of the high points of the day; he is a fantastic speaker and I get the impression he could make even the most boring of subject matters come to life; this is NOT me saying that Web 2.0 is boring!)

Essentially the vibe I got was that 2.0 is to continue to grow in providing the kind of community options and services such as Flickr, del.ic.ous and google maps now do. The web will grow as a much more user empowered place and this will impact to the AI we employ (as technically they will be created by the users on the fly), the visual deign and semiotics we use and of cause the technologies we employ to provide this.

It was a great way to finish the day – I think everyone who left the hall was eagerly looking forward tomorrows (today’s talks and presentations) – of cause we were also eager to run to the pub for the party!

The @media party

Another nice end of day social – again it was a piss up but thankfully for me with the added bonus of a curry halfway through which I believe is how I can be awake fresh as a daisy at 6am writing this post (I started last night but got to 2 and thought I should get some shut eye)

It was very cool to be in a place with so many ‘web icons’ and even better to actually speak to a good few of them! On my celeb checklist are (from what I remember)

  • Andy Budd
  • Jeffrey Veen
  • Jeremy Keith
  • Chris Wilson
  • Patrick Lauke
  • Amanda Creeed

A great night (which helped the fact that we watched a very not great England match) – now bring on tomorrow (today!) – I hope my pictures come out better this time!