Test the Web Forward Seattle

April 12th – 13th, 2013

Seattle, WA

The Internet Explorer Developer Relations Team is hosting a Test the Web Forward event in Seattle 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. Better tests for a better Web!

Test the Web Forward brings you closer to the very specifications that you use to craft web experiences and has you discover how you can shape the future of the web.

We do expect you to be capable of hand-coding in HTML, CSS, & JavaScript, but there will be experts from various organizations including Microsoft, Adobe, Google, Mozilla, Opera, the W3C, as well as independent developers to guide you step-by-step to create tests that can help move the web forward. Food, drinks, t-shirts and other swag will be provided for all participants to enjoy. If the joy of collaborating is not enough, we will be raffling off a Windows Surface Pro among the active participants of the test sprint.

Over the course of the Test the Web Forward event, not only will you learn to understand how to read specifications and understand the state of support among different browsers, you will learn how to write tests that will help browsers make implementations of these features consistent. Experts will be on hand to help you write tests for CSS and other features as well as guide you through filing bug reports. You will learn new web features and good practices that would be useful in projects you contribute to in the future!

We are looking forward to a more interoperable web with your support!


Friday’s Sessions

  • 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Check-in
  • 5:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. Opening Keynote
    fantasai, Mozilla
  • 5:30 p.m.–5:50 p.m. How to Create a W3C Reftest
    Rebecca Hauck, Adobe
  • 5:50 p.m.–6:10 p.m. Overview of testharness.js
    Kris Krueger, Microsoft
  • 6:10 p.m.–6:30 p.m. Lightning talks:
    CSS Flexbox – Arron Eicholz, Microsoft
    CSS Transforms – Rebecca Hauck, Adobe
    HTML5 – Kris Krueger, Microsoft
    Pointer Events – Dave Methvin, jQuery Foundation
  • 6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres
  • Breakout rooms will be available for those who wish to get a head start until 11:30 p.m.

Saturday’s Sessions

  • 8:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m. Breakfast
  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Test Sprint
  • 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m. Test Sprint
  • 6.30 p.m.–7.00 p.m. Wrap up and Surface Pro give-away
  • 7.00 p.m.–8.00 p.m. Drinks to celebrate the new tests


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Mozilla, CSS Working Group

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Rebecca Hauck

Adobe, CSS Working Group

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Kris Krueger

Microsoft, HTML Working Group


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Arron Eicholz

Microsoft, CSS Working Group

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Jacob Rossi

Microsoft, Pointer Events Working Group

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Sylvain Galineau

Adobe, CSS Working Group

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Alan Stearns

Adobe, CSS Working Group

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Rik Cabanier

Adobe, SVG Working Group and Canvas editor

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Dave Methvin

President, jQuery Foundation


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You must be able to hand code HTML, CSS and JavaScript to participate.

Before you begin

You will need a W3C account and sign the Grant of Licence before you can submit tests. You should also setup and install Git if you have not done so already:

You should be familiar with how to read W3C specifications:

We will cover how to submit your created tests during the presentation sessions.

Prior to attending, you will want to read and become familiar with at least one of the features so that you have the foundation required to participate. Here are the features we will focus on learning and testing:



Pointer Events:

We are happy to help if there are other features or areas you want to write or modify tests for.


Event & Facilities

  1. Will food be provided for participants?

    Yes, hors d’oeuvres on Friday and breakfast, lunch and snacks on Saturday will be provided. Meals will include vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.

  2. Do I need to bring my own computer to the event?

    Yes, you will need to have a computer and complete the requirements prior to the event.

  3. Will there be a way to communicate with organizers and participants during the event?

    Yes, news and updates will be posted to @testthewebfwd using the #testTWF hashtag, please use this hashtag to ask questions, share information, and get updates throughout the day.


  • Microsoft Surface Pro


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