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30 October 2007

W3C Technical Plenary is next week

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Every year since 2000, W3C gathers a good chunk of its 69 groups (which, by the way, represent a community of 1500 persons) for a week of face-to-face meetings, offering the opportunity to have joint meetings between these groups, as well as plenty of informal interactions between the participants.

But one of the big highlight of the week remains for me the Technical Plenary day: during a full day, all the participants week are put together in a big room to discuss some of the hot topics in the W3C community, based on a set of presentations and panels. As always, all the proceedings of the event are released publicly, making for a great source of knowledge available to all – you can see for yourself from the list of previous technical plenaries.

25 October 2007

ParisWeb 2007

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I’ve been invited to participate the Paris Web conference, in (how-surprisingly) Paris; I’ll be closing the conference on November 16, presenting the ongoing work of W3C on the Mobile Web, and in particular the recent progress on mobileOK.

I’ve heard plenty of good things on last year edition of the conference, and the programme this year looks quite promising as well; so, no doubt, I’ll be there!

Paris Web 2007, 15, 16 & 17 novembre, J’y serai !

Online htmldiff service

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Many Webmasters have heard about or used the W3C Link checker to find dead links on their pages, but very few would know that this service was initially created to help editors of W3C specifications find broken links in their documents, as required by W3C publication rules as a corrollary of our motto on stable cool URIs.

Every once in a while, we provide new services to make the life of our collaborators easier, and offer them to the public at large as much as possible; our latest toy in this category is an htmldiff service, which out of two online HTML documents will create a new document highlighting the differences between the two documents.

This is of course mostly useful to find the changes between two versions of a given document - and indeed, was created to help show the variations between two versions of a given Technical Report.

The tool itself is a pretty simple Python wrapper around Shane McCarron's htmldiff perl script - I'm happy to share the code of the Python wrapper if anyone is interested.

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Picture of Dominique Hazael-MassieuxDominique Hazaël-Massieux ( is part of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Staff; his interests cover a number of Web technologies, as well as the usage of open source software in a distributed work environment.