• Test the Web Forward Tokyo, June 7-8, 2013 - Registration now open! 

    After a very successful event in Seattle a couple of weeks ago, we're moving onward to Tokyo. It's already shaping up to be a great event with many working group members and W3C staff in town for F2F meetings. Plus, we already have many experts in Japan signed up and they're psyched to help make this another great one! Space is limited and we expect a full house, so register soon.

    Register on the event page

    Let's keep making the Web a better place!


  • Test the Web Forward Seattle Recap 

    We were pleased to attend the fifth successful Test the Web Forward on April 12-13, held this time in the Pacific Northwest. The event took place at Microsoft's Seattle office, graciously hosted by the Internet Explorer Developer Relations team. Experts, web developers, students and other newcomers came together and wrote over 500 tests on a rainy Saturday, the highest number of tests at an event to date. You could say it was raining new tests in Seattle. Following the usual format, the event kicked off on Friday evening with a series of tech talks. Elika "fantasai" Etemad began as the keynote speaker, giving an inspiring and thought-provoking talk on how to approach writing W3C spec tests. She gave advice on how to extract testable assertions, how to design robust tests, and things to consider when reviewing tests.

    Kris Krueger

    Then Microsoft's Kris Krueger and I each gave short talks on how to write W3C tests. I covered reftests, which are used when a test case requires a browser's rendering to be verified and Kris covered testharness.js, which is the W3C's JavaScript test framework. The attendees were very engaged and interested in all of the talks, evident from the good questions that followed.

    After the presentations, there was a series of lightning talks, where several experts introduced themselves and tried to recruit new test writers for their favorite specs. After the pitches were made, people formed groups to write tests for HTML5, Pointer Events, CSS Flexbox, and CSS Transforms. The evening wrapped with a great spread of food and plenty of cold beverages. Everyone was ready with a plan to hack the next day.

    Dave Methvin leading Pointer Events testing

    On Saturday, groups formed in three rooms - Kris led a team in the HTML5 room, Arron Eicholz from Microsoft joined Elika and me in the CSS room, and Jacob Rossi (also with Microsoft) paired with the president of the jQuery Foundation, Dave Methvin to lead a group writing tests for Pointer Events. This was a great example of the community having a voice in how each TestTWF is is run. Dave reached out to the organizers suggesting a focus on the Pointer Events spec, so he was invited as an expert and along with Jacob, turned out lots of new tests!

    Over in the HTML5 room, Kris' team was also writing lots of tests and finding bugs. Greg Bulmash quickly exposed some interoperability issues with the HTMLOptionsCollection tests he wrote.  It was also very cool to see some remote people participating in this event. Opera's Odin Hørthe Omdal (and expert alumni from TestTWF Paris) was online in Norway reviewing tests.  Ms2ger was also reviewing tests and even quickly fixed a bug in testharness.js found by Alan Stearns during the event. This was the first truly global TestTWF.

    In the third room were the CSS folks. Those writing tests for CSS Flexbox were in good hands with Arron and Elika.  They put the spec on a large projector and walked through the sections to help people identify test cases.  Elika then went into further detail on the points she had discussed in her talk the night before, reiterating the three main points every test author should consider:

    1. Does the test pass when it's supposed to pass?
    2. Does it fail when it's supposed to fail?
    3. Does it test what it thinks it's testing?
    The rest of the CSS people wrote tests for CSS Transforms. It was great to see people learning and collaborating on the best test design for this very cool CSS feature.

    Designing a CSS Transforms testDesigning a CSS Transforms test

    All in all, it was another great event, producing over 500 new tests!. People left knowing more than they did when they came, we grew the community, and we moved the Web forward just a little bit more.

    Next stop: Tokyo!

  • Test the Web Forward Seattle - April 12-13, 2013 

    We're very excited that Test the Web Forward is coming to the Pacific Northwest! The event will be held at the Microsoft office in downtown Seattle, graciously hosted by the Internet Explorer Developer Relations team. We'll kick things off Friday evening, April 12, with a series of short talks to get people up to speed for writing tests the next day. There will be time after the talks to mingle with experts from Mozilla, Adobe, and Microsoft, get set up, and come up with a plan for Saturday hacking. We'll return on Saturday morning and the test writing will begin. Food & drinks will be served throughout the event and some excellent raffle prizes given away at the end. When it's over, the Open Web community will be stronger and we'll have moved the web forward just a little more...

    Register here.

    If you'd like to stay informed of future TestTWF events, subscribe to public-testtwf@w3.org.

    We hope to see you there!

  • Building a Better Web Through Crowd Sourcing 

    In case you hadn't heard, the SFHTML5 Meetup group will be hosting a meetup on April 25th 2013 focused on making the Web better via crowd sourcing testing.

    Rebecca Hauck will talk to us about Test the Web Forward a community-based grass roots movement with the goal of improving the quality of the Web by fostering knowledge to write high quality tests for W3C specifications.

    John Hammink will be teaching us about the crowd sourcing testing that is happening around Firefox OS and the related challenges.

    Sign up on the SFHTML5 Meetup page and see you on April 25th!

    Hope to see you there!

  • Test the Web Forward Seattle! 

    Come Join Us!

    Test the Web Forward is throwing an event in Seattle on April 12–13. The focus of this event is on learning, hacking, and writing tests for W3C specifications. During the event, experts will teach you about W3C specs & W3C testing and will guide you as you help make the Web a better, more interoperable place.

    The Experts and Speakers will be posted shortly on the Test the Web Forward website.

    Also, follow us on @testthewebfwd for updates and be sure to sign up for the W3C Test the Web Forward mail list.

    To learn more about the past events, check out our posts on Test the Web Forward ParisBeijing and San Francisco.

    Get Registered

    Registration is now open on Eventbrite, so get signed up! Help make the Web a better place!

    Can't make it?

    Hey, if you are busy or can't make it for any reason, it is a bummer, but be sure to sign up for the W3C Test the Web Forward mail list so that you learn about future happenings!