On joining the HTML editors team

Posted on Sunday, 10 February 2013 by Steve Faulkner

HTML5 I am honoured and excited to say I am now a member of the W3C HTML editors team. Joining Robin, Erika, Silvia, Ted and Travis to work on continuing the development of HTML.

What does this mean?

In practical terms it means I have write access to the HTML specification on Github. This does not mean I, or any of the editors, can change HTML at will. It does mean I have a little more opportunity to effect change upon the development of the HTML language in accordance with the agreed upon processes of the HTML Working Group. It primarily means a bucketload of work in the form of responding to and resolving bugs.

Recent discussions and changes:

Note: all of the above changes are preliminary changes to the HTML 5.1 editor’s draft and subject to change based on feedback and future decisions of the HTML working group.

Working together

The development of the HTML standard is a collaborative effort and it is important that the voices of users and developers, as well as implementers, are heard and taken into account.

You can provide input in a number of ways:

I  also follow discussions on blogs such as HTML5Doctor.com and bring up HTML related discussions to the working group’s attention.

You can keep up with changes to the spec on twitter via @HTML_commits. You can also ping me on twitter : @stevefaulkner


About Steve Faulkner

Steve is the Senior Web Accessibility Consultant and Technical Director, TPG Europe. He joined The Paciello Group in 2006 and was previously a Senior Web Accessibility Consultant at Vision Australia. He is the creator and lead developer of the Web Accessibility Toolbar accessibility testing tool. Steve is a member of several groups, including the W3C HTML Working Group and the W3C Protocols and Formats Working Group. He is an editor of several specifications at the W3C including HTML 5.1, Using WAI-ARIA in HTML and HTML5: Techniques for providing useful text alternatives. He also develops and maintains HTML5accessibility

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Having worked in accessibility for quite some time I can tell you that TPG's Steve Faulkner is one of the top technical accessibility talents, and leaders, in the field and I have no reservations in giving him my endorsement.

Richard Schwerdtfeger, Distinguished Engineer and CTO for Accessibility of IBM Software