• Upcoming - Test the Web Forward Shanghai 

    Test the Web Forward is returning to China this weekend, stopping in Shanghai on August 17-18.

    Adobe has partnered with Baidu in planning this event and they've lined up dozens of qualified experts and speakers to educate and support the attendees. The event will kick off with a Welcome and Introduction from Alex Zheng, VP at Baidu, followed by presentations from the W3C HTML Working Group Co-chair, Paul Cotton and Xu Hungbo of Innovation Valley Partners. After the presentations, web developers and experts will work together for two days writing and reviewing W3C tests, and moving the web forward just a little bit more.

    We're very happy to welcome the Shanghai web development community into the Test the Web Forward movement! More details about the event can be found here.

  • Test the Web Forward Monthly Newslettter 

    We're pleased to announce the beginning of a Test the Web Forward newsletter series where we'll give updates on upcoming events, recaps of past events, W3C testing news, and ways to get involved. To receive this newsletter, subscribe to the mailing list: public-testtwf-request@w3.org. (click the link to subscribe)

    In addition to receiving the newsletter, subscribing to this list is a great way to stay engaged with the W3C testing community and participate in discussions about writing tests for better browser interoperability.

  • Test the Web Forward - July Newsletter 

    It's been a busy season for Test the Web Forward and we're excited to let you know what's coming up, how our last event went, and how YOU can get more involved!

    Upcoming TestTWF Events

    Test the Web Forward Shanghai (hackathon): August 17-18

    TestTWF is headed back to China and making a stop in Shanghai for two days of W3C test education and hacking - registration is now open! Visit the event site to register and stay tuned as more speakers and experts will be announced there in the coming weeks.

    Sacramento HTML5 Meetup: August 6, 7PM PDT

    If you're in Northern California, come meet some of TestTWF team and learn more about it! We'll be co-presenting with Julee Burdekin of WebPlatform.org, who'll be letting you know how you can also contribute to web platform docs. See more info on Meetup.com

    Adobe TechLive (webinar): Aug 8, 10AM PDT, 1PM EDT

    Are you still curious about what Test the Web Forward is? Join us online and we'll tell you all about it! Learn the history, the goals, and the progress of the movement, followed by a short interview and Q & A session. Details found at Adobe TechLive

    Past TestTWF Events - Tokyo Roundup

    Test the Web Forward Tokyo was a great success, turning out over 700 new tests. Way to go Tokyo!! If you missed it or if you want to see what dinosaur sushi looks like (yes, really), check out these great write-ups:

    Video recordings of the tech talks and some other fun footage:

    Special thanks to Akihiro Kamijo at Adobe Japan for producing the awesome video montage!

    And, the Google+ event page

    Get Involved

    Host your own Test the Web Forward event!

    If you're a community leader, part of a web-related user, or belong to an organization that wants to make the Web a Better place, consider hosting an event of your own or partnering with others in your area to put one on. It may be a small meetup-style event or a full hackathon like the one we just had in Tokyo. Either way, we can point you in the right direction. We're pleased to announce that for smaller events, a new Meetup Kit is available.

    For assistance in planning larger events, we'll soon be rolling out a full Event Kit - stay tuned! If you're interested in hosting, partnering, or Sponsoring a future event, let us know at public-testtwf-planning@w3.org.

    Let's keep making the Web a Better Place!

  • Test the Web Forward Shanghai, August 17-18, 2013 - Registration now open! 

    Test the Web Forward is returning to China next month! This time, the movement goes to Shanghai on August 17-18. We're excited to have some great speakers and featured experts lined up to educate and support the community. The keynote speaker is Paul Cotton, co-chair of the HTML5 working group and special guests include Alex Zheng, Vice President at Baidu and Hongbo Xu, co-founder of InnoValley. Experts from Baidu, Adobe, Intel, Alibaba, and Mozilla will work with developers to write and submit HTML5 and CSS spec tests.

    For more information, please visit the TestTWF Shanghai event page.

  • Test the Web Forward Tokyo! 

    On the first anniversary of Test the Web Forward, we were thrilled that our Tokyo event on June 7 & 8 was a tremendous success. This is further proof that the movement has caught on globally. Early on, we were amazed by the fact that registration filled up in just 12 hours and hoped that would be a good indicator of a fantastic event. It certainly was!

    Our event was one of over 30 others held that weekend for <htmlday> in Japan and was also aligned nicely with a a lot of other things: the SVG and CSS Working Groups F2F meetings, the W3C AC Rep meetings, and a W3C Developer Meetup immediately following TestTWF in the same building. Many web developers and enthusiasts came together to learn, teach, demo, network, and have their voices on the Web heard. For two days, we all gathered in Google Japan's spectacular office on the 27th floor of the Mori Tower in Roppongi Hills.

    Friday, June 7 – Day 1

    Shigeo Okamoto, Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

    Things kicked off on Friday night with a special guest and keynote speaker, Shigeo Okamoto from the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. Mr. Okamoto spoke to a packed room of 100 people, delivering a message on the importance of Web Standards to the Japanese government.

    Following Mr. Okamoto was Kazuaki Takemura, a very active test writer for CSS Text and Writing Modes to deliver the traditional TestTWF talk on How to Read W3C Specifications. Then came Oli Studholme to talk about a new topic that arose from the Q & A session at  TestTWF Seattle. Someone there asked a simple question, "After I write and submit tests, then what happens?" Oli stepped up and gave an excellent talk on Specifications and Test Lifecycles.

    The lightning talks were next, where experts made 3 minute pitches to get people to write tests for their favorite specs:

    Tab Atkins, Jr.

    Tab Atkins, Jr., Google: CSS Flexbox

    Leif Storset

    Leif Storset, Opera: CSS Fonts

    Mike [tm] Smith

    Mike [tm] Smith, W3C: HTML5 & APIs

    Glenn Adams

    Glenn Adams, Cox: CSSOM

    Dirk Schulze

    Dirk Schulze, Adobe: Filter Effects

    Hayato Ito

    Hayato Ito, Google: Shadow DOM

    Shinyu Murakami

    Shinyu Murakami, Antenna House: CSS Text & Writing Modes

    Koji Ishii

    Koji Ishii, Rakuten: Introduced a new test font he developed with Adobe

    Lightning talk photo credits: HTML5J

    We took a short break after the lightning talks and reconfigured the room into seven areas, each with a large table with a whiteboard beside it.  This was something new at this event, with experts standing by each table to recruit testers for their specs, job-fair-style. Attendees returned to the room, floated among the tables, and signed up for a spec on the whiteboards.  It was great to see nearly everyone commit to come back the next day. There was virtually no drop-off in attendance the next day. The two largest groups were HTML5 and Shadow DOM, but each whiteboard had at least 5-7 names.

    For the remainder of the evening, we mingled as we ate dinosaur sushi and drank beer and green tea.


    Saturday June 8 – Day 2

    We all returned and started the next morning with our two How To talks - one for testharness.js and one for reftests. Daniel Davis, previously of Opera and recently hired by the W3C, made a beautiful Japanese testharness.js deck and delivered a fantastic talk.  I then gave the reftest talk, using a deck that was translated by Andy Hall from Adobe Japan. The final bit of vital information was delivered by Elika "fantasai" Etemad, where she summarize the key steps to follow when writing tests:

    1. Identify or synthesize the test assertion. Be very precise!
    2. Construct the test scenario.
    3. Assert the pass/fail result.
    4. Review the test:
      • Ensure the test passes when it should pass.
      • Ensure the test fails when it should fail.
      • Confirm it tests what it thinks it's testing.

    The hacking then began and it was a very productive day. We were pleased to see the experts leading their groups very well. There were a lot of questions being answered, tests being reviewed, and just general strong support at each team table. A really good rhythm of gongs and applause began to fill the day. As we saw in Seattle, there were remote participants. Our friends and TestTWF alumni, Odin Hørthe Omdal, James Graham, and Ms2ger emerged in IRC from their respective timezones and began reviewing tests as they started to come in. As is usually the case, some attendees chose specs not highlighted or pitched and we had the highest number of specs covered to date - 16!

    After a great couple of days of learning, hacking, reviewing, and gonging, we were elated that Tokyo took the new TestTWF World Record for the most tests, with the preliminary count of 609.  We've since combed through the data and have an adjusted total of 732!  Of these, approximately 60% were reviewed and merged during the event.

    Special Thanks

    We must thank our good friends and organizing partners at Google for successfully bringing the movement to Japan.  Eiji Kitamura, Alex DaniloFumi Yamazaki, and the whole crew at Google Japan have a strong commitment to Making a Better Web and were instrumental to the success of this event. We're excited to see more TestTWF events in Japan in the future!