The Workshop Summits

About The Workshop Series

The Workshop Summit Series lets you build your skill set without having to leave your computer. Each Summit is a virtual conference—all you need is a computer and broadband internet connection to attend.

The Workshop Summit Series consists of three hour sessions spread over two days.  Attendees can chat with each other and ask questions of the presenters throughout the day.

Registration for The Workshop Summits are now open!

The Workshop Summit Series Schedule

Day 1 - January 14, 2010

  • 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon CT -  HTML5 Workshop Summit with Molly E. Holzschlag
  • 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. CT - CSS3 Workshop Summit with Christopher Schmitt

Day 2 - January 15, 2010

  • 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon CT -  Microformats Workshop Summit with Emily Lewis
  • 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. CT - Findability Workshop Summit with Aarron Walter
All times CT, schedule subject to change. All presentations will be roughly 3 hours long and enough time for questions and answers. If you sign up for an all day workshop session, we will break a two hour-long lunch break.
Technical Specifications

Supported Platforms: to attend The Summit, you will need a modern web browser (Firefox 1.5, IE 6 & Safari 2 or newer, for example.)

Update Flash: Adobe Flash Player Version 10 is also required. (Most browsers already have Flash installed.) Click on this link to install Flash if you need it.

Try It Out:  test your system to ensure it works with the software.

About The Workshops

About HTML5 Workshop

This workshop focuses on HTML5 and why it is becoming more important to understand, and even put to use. As the open standard for Web applications, HTML5 takes markup to a new level, requiring Web developers and designers to re-examine the way they've worked in the past, and will be working in days and months to come.

Presented by Molly E. Holzschlag, Web Standards advocate, evangelist, and developer relations team member at Opera Software, the workshop helps to demystify HTML5 as well as provide actual insight into how to begin using aspects of the language today.

The HTML5 workshop focuses on:

  • The history and evolution of markup
  • Why XHTML has been set aside in favor of HTML5
  • What role HTML5 plays in the role of sites and applications
  • Demystifying aspects of HTML5 and clarifying its purpose and usage
  • Providing insight into both the HTML and XML notation methods in HTML5
  • A range of demos of HTML5 in action in a variety of Web browsers
  • New elements in HTML5 and how to use them in current sites and applications
  • Web forms 2.0 - an overview of the elements, attributes and validation features that Web Forms 2.0, part of the HTML specification, provides
  • A look at a range of HTML5 APIs and scripting access
  • HTML5 and Accessibility
  • When to consider using features of HTML5 in current development of sites and applications

CSS3 Workshop

Recent implementation of CSS3 features in modern browsers allow for greater design control and creativity in our Web sites.

In this three-hour workshop, attendees will learn about using colors through RGBa and opacity, multiple background and border images, text and box shadows, CSS-enabled gradients and transitions as well as laying out text in multiple columns.

In addition to font embedding techniques and third-party font bureaus, we look into designing with older browsers in mind when coding with CSS3.

Microformats Workshop

Microformats are HTML-based design patterns that add semantics to common web content, such as that about people, places, events and links. More than semantic meaning, though, microformats have a wide range of benefits, including SEO, standards compliance and extensible data publishing. Some of the biggest sites on the Web today use microformats: Google, Yahoo!, Twitter and Facebook, to name a few. And you can too!

In this three-hour workshop, you will learn the basics of microformats:

  • The history microformats; what they are and what they aren't
  • The foundations of microformats, including POSH
  • How to identify web content suited for microformats

Then, learn why you should be using microformats:

  • User experience enhancements
  • More meaningful search
  • Standards
  • Tools available that leverage microformats

Last, get your hands dirty with exercises to help you publish microformats right away:

  • Elemental microformats, including XFN
  • Compound microformats, including hCard, hCalendar
  • Authoring tools
  • Validation tools

Findability Workshop

Connecting with your audience is objective number one for any website.

Findability - the discipline of helping users discover the content they seek - not only helps businesses get their message out, but it improves the user experience too.

Aarron Walter, author of Building Findable Websites: Web Standards SEO and Beyond, walks you through the best practices of findability that help your audience find your site, locate the content they need, and return again.

You'll take away practical techniques to make your site more meaningful to search engines, easier to index, and strategies to get your content in front of a broader audience.

About Our Speakers

Molly E. Holzschlag (HTML5 Workshop)

Molly E. Holzschlag is a well-known Web standards advocate, instructor, and author. She is Group Lead for the Web Standards Project (WaSP) and an invited expert to the HTML and GEO working groups at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

Via each of these roles, Molly works to educate designers and developers on using Web technologies in practical ways to create highly sustainable, maintainable, accessible, interactive and beautiful Web sites for the global community.

Among her thirty-plus books is the The Zen of CSS Design, co-authored with Dave Shea. The book artfully showcases the most progressive designs. A popular and colorful individual, Molly has a particular passion for people, blogs, and the use of technology for social progress.

Online: | twitter | facebook | flickr

Christopher Schmitt (CSS3 Workshop)

The founder of Heat Vision, a small new media publishing and design firm, Christopher is an award-winning Web designer who has been working with the Web since 1993. As a sought-after speaker and trainer, Christopher regularly demonstrates the use and benefits of practical standards-based designs. He is Co-Lead of the Adobe Task Force for the Web Standards Project (WaSP) in addition to being a contributing member of its Education Task Force

Author of numerous Web design and digital imaging books, including Adapting to Web Standards: CSS and Ajax for Big Sites and CSS Cookbook, Christopher has also written for New Architect Magazine, A List Apart, Digital Web, and Web Reference.

Online: | twitter | facebook | flickr

Emily Lewis (Microformats Workshop)

Author of Microformats Made Simple (New Riders, 2009), Emily Lewis has been working as a web professional since 1998, dabbling in project management and programming until she realized her true loves (HTML and CSS) and became a web designer. She is an expert in web standards, semantic markup, microformats and CSS. Emily also specializes in usability and accessibility.

Emily is passionate about community building and knowledge sharing. She co-manages Webuquerque, the New Mexico Adobe User Group for web practitioners. She also speaks about standards, markup, CSS, accessibility and microformats for various groups, including the University of New Mexico, the New Mexico Technology Council and Interlab.

Photo by Nick Finck.

Online: | twitter | facebook | flickr

Aarron Walter (Findability Workshop)

Aarron Walter is the author of Building Findable Websites: Web Standards, SEO, and Beyond (New Riders, 2008) and the lead user experience designer for MailChimp. Since 1999, Aarron has been building websites professionally, and has taught interactive design courses at colleges including Temple University, The University of Georgia, and The Art Institute of Atlanta—one of the few colleges teaching web standards since 2002.

Aarron is a member of The Web Standards Project and the lead of The WaSP Curriculum Framework project. 

Online: | twitter | facebook | flickr

Name Sales End Price
Day 1: HTML5 + CSS3 Workshop Summit Combo - Individual Ticket   Ended $399
Day 1: HTML5 + CSS3 Workshop Summit Combo - Meeting Room    Ended $1199
Day 2: Microformats + Findability Workshop Summit Combo - Individual Ticket   Ended $399
Day 2: Microformats + Findability Workshop Summits - Meeting Room   Ended $1199
All Four Workshop Summits - Individual Ticket   Ended $749
All Four Workshop Summits - Meeting Room   Ended $2299