By Bruce Lawsonbrucelawson. Thursday, November 27, 2008 11:03:47 AM
After 8 days, 11 universities and 9 kilograms of Nasi Goreng per person, the first Opera university tour of Indonesia is finished.
Here are Bruce's slides: Web Standards for the Future, (PDF 550K). Note that I was tweaking and changing the slides depending on the University's focus, so here's the "full" version that includes everything. No university got all of these. The format is accessible PDF to make it small, as I've experienced Indonesian bandwidth speeds..! If you need another format, drop me a line. You're welcome to share these with your friends or classmates - I hope they make sense. If not…well, you'll have to invite me back again!
The HTML demos are available, but you'll need a special video build of Opera to watch the videos.
Here's the cool
Zibin's slides: Web Browser Industry (PDF 1M). This presentation is about the mobile web industry -trends today and tomorrow. I've also presented Opera's four main products. The slide about top ten sites transcoded by Opera Mini in Indonesia was the showstopper. Audience giggled upon finding out that friendster bandwidth was more than the 2nd to 10th spot combined.
To celebrate the success of the Indonesian tour, we've published a new State of the Mobile Web report focussing on South-East Asian mobile browsing. Bad news for any web site that doesn't follow Web Standards, with data like this:
- Indonesia and Malaysia lead the way for mobile Web adoption, followed by Thailand and Brunei.
Indonesia leads the top 9 countries in page views, with each user browsing 358 pages on average in October 2008, well above the global average.
- Growth rates are soaring: Malaysia leads the top 9 with 462.6% growth in users this year, followed by the Philippines (396.4% growth) and Indonesia (329.5% growth).
- Friendster is the premier social-networking site in the region, with hi5 coming in second.
Nokia is dominant in the region, with brands like Sony Ericsson and Huawei competing for a distant second place.
Bruce's Indonesian photos are available on Flickr.
By Henny Swaniheni. Wednesday, November 12, 2008 11:50:57 AM
Last week I was fortunate enough to join the second week of the Opera Education University Tour in the States talking at universities in and around LA and San Diago including University of California Irvine, University of California Los Angeles, University of Southern California and University of California San Diago. My talk focused on web accessibility and standards plus innovations in HTML 5 with my colleague, Philip Gronvold, talking about Opera widgets and mobile. It was a lot of fun to meet so many bright students, mostly computer scientists, who while not learning web design directly all shared a passion for it and found the time to study outside of class.
A highlight for me was meeting students at USC who were recently involved in SS12, a weekend code-a-thon challenge to create innovative and accessible applications run by a group called Project Possibility. I learnt about how they had hacked Meebo to make it accessible, Axsjax maps and accessible multi-IM clients. It reminded me of the work that the Scripting Enabled community are doing hacking social networks and scripts to make them more accessible (check out my blog for a write up about the Scripting Enabled London event). Exciting stuff and I hope to talk to these guys more in the future.
You can download a copy of my slides Accessibility, standards and HTML 5 (19.1 MB) and view them in Opera show. There are plenty of links and references in the slides that should expand on what's there including pointers to the Opera Web Standards Curriculum.
To see some of the demo's you will need to download an experimental build of Opera
from Opera Labs. This, together with some background and explanation, allows you to test out some of the cool new technologies that browsers are looking to start supporting.
If you have questions regarding anything that's covered in the talk then go ahead and leave a comment; I'd love to hear from you.
By David Storeydstorey. Monday, November 10, 2008 1:57:02 AM
Last Wednesday, Opera held a Web Seminar at Tsukuba University in Japan. This is one of the best technical universities in Japan, and fittingly has the slogan
Innovation for the Future. Design wise it has a really nice Japanese-style flower symbol for its logo. In the short time I’ve been in Japan I’ve noticed that Japan is very strong with symbolism, with many great examples on Shinto shrines throughout Tokyo.
From the developer relations team, Andreas and myself presented along with Keiki and Go from the Japanese marketing team. My presentation was in three main parts; the value of Web Standards, Open the Web and innovation in standards. Andreas followed my 40 minute talk with demos of many of the new features in Opera’s rendering engine, Opera Dragonfly and cross-device design. We did a live demo of using Opera Dragonfly to remote debug, including the new DOM editing functionality. We were also able to show off the new Nintendo DSi that we managed to beat the queues to get our hands on a couple of days before.
All in all we had around 30-40 students attend, many of who were aware of and used Opera. We received a lot of interesting questions at the end of the presentations, although being in Japanese I didn't understand many of them, unless they were directed at me, and Andreas acted as my interpreter. The level was quite high, as expected from a university of the reputation of Tsukuba, and included PHD students. It was my third presentation where I was being translated, after two at iCamp in Russia earlier this year. It takes a bit of the pressure off as the audience are mainly listening to the translator (I don't think my faux-Geordie accent is too understandable for a Japanese audience), but it is quite hard to get into the flow when stopping after each slide.
Afterwards we headed off for a blogging dinner, which included many of the who's who of the Japanese blogging circuit, including people from Sony, Adobe Dreamweaver, MS and Mozilla, to a guy that dresses up as a storm trooper (I kid you not) and has Anime characters on his business card. Disappointingly he wasn't dressed that way for this dinner.
Download Tsukuba slides: Open the Web, by David Storey. [PDF]