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27 September 2011

Brower Panel at Paris Web

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(version française ci-dessous)

Two weeks from now, the Paris Web conference, probably the best conference in France about Web craft, will open; at the very end of this conference, I’ll be animating a panel with representative from various browser vendors: Karl Dubost from Opera, Sam Dutton from Google, Paul Rouget from Mozilla, and David Rousset from Microsoft.

The focus of our panel will be to understand how browser vendors combine innovation with interoperability, competition with collaboration.

4 January 2011

My book on mobile Web design and development

Book cover

I’ve spent a fair amount of my spare time over the past few months writing a book (in French) on mobile Web design and development, with my colleague François Daoust.

The book is now finally available, under the title Relever le défi du Web mobile (taking up the mobile Web challenge) — it can be ordered for instance from

We’ve also built a Web site to accompany the book,, which allows our readers to follow the various links given in the book, copy the code samples, and get corrections and updates as we produce them.

22 November 2010

Focusing on HTML forms fields through a link

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I inquired earlier today if there was a way to give focus to an HTML form field through a simple link.

The reason of my inquiry was that WCAG 2.0 recommends to make it possible for the user [to] easily navigate to [detected form submission errors] to fix the problem.

But in practice, with the following HTML form:

<p><label for='email' id='emaillabel'>Email:</label>
<input type='text' id='email' name='email'></p>

neither a link to #email nor to #emaillabel will give focus to the input field.

For instance, it would be useful to be able to markup a possible error message above that form as follows:

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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.