Test the Web Forward - September Newsletter 

The Fall Equinox is celebrated worldwide through various cultural traditions, many of which center around harvest and growth. As we pass through this season, we're celebrating the same in our Test the Web Forward community. Both of the events this month are examples of people outside of the core TestTWF team planting the seeds and cultivating the growth of the movement in their local areas. Read more about these events below.

Welcome New Subscribers

Welcome to our new subscribers from Sacramento! It was great meeting you and answering your great questions about testing browsers.

Upcoming TestTWF Events

HTML5 DevConf, San Francisco, CA: October 22-23

If you're planning on being at the HTML5 Developer's Conference in October in SF and want to learn more about what we're doing, stop by our table and say hi. We'll be there answering questions about TestTWF and WebPlatform.org and passing out goodies!

Test the Web Forward @TPAC, Shenzhen, China: November 9, 9AM-7PM CST

Early registration for TPAC attendees is now open. If you're a W3C member and registered for TPAC, you'll be receiving an access code through email. Registration will be open for everyone on October 7. Follow @TestTheWebForward on Twitter or Weibo to get latest updates. For more information about the schedule, experts & speakers, and the program, visit the event site. Updates will be made there regularly.

Past TestTWF Events

HTML5J Tokyo: Test the Web Forward Meetup

Back in June, when we left Tokyo, there was excitement about more TestTWF events in Japan in the future. Masataka Yakura took the lead and on behalf of HTML5J, he's happy to report that that the first TestTWF Meetup in Tokyo on September 14th went well. They had about 20 attendees including a few returning folks from the first Tokyo event. He expresses big thanks to them for helping newcomers writing and submitting tests!

Check out these write-ups from a couple of attendees:

HTML5 Sacramento Meetup

In the spring, we met Chris Minnick, who runs the Sacramento HTML5 user group in Northern California. He reached out to us to bring TestTWF to his community we were happy to oblige. On September 17, we gathered at the super cool HackerLab space and educated people on ways they can get involved in contributing to the Open Web by writing tests and by writing documentation on WebPlatform.org. It was a nice evening with a very enagaged group who by the end of it were eager to get started right away.

New and Improved TestTheWebForward.org!

We are excited and proud to announce the relaunch of TestTheWebForward.org this month. This marks one of the key deliverables of the Open Web Platform Testing initiative kicked off earlier this year, led by Tobie Langel. Prior to this launch, the website was just a place for information about events. Now, it is so much more: It's W3C's one stop shop for Open Web Platform testing. This includes a rich set of centralized documentation to get you started, a blog to keep you informed of what's happening, and vastly improved event pages -- past, present, and future. And this is only the beginning. Stay tuned for developments on what's next and of course, how you can become a contributor!

Get Involved


The best thing about the new TestTheWebForward.org is that it belongs to everyone and your contributions are warmly welcomed. Do you see Something missing in the documentation? Have an idea for more useful content? Would you like to write or cross-post a blog entry about your Experience testing browsers? Please contribute! The site's content is hosted in a public GitHub repo, so the contribution process couldn't be easier - just send a pull request. See the contribution guidelines for more info.

Host your own Test the Web Forward event!

Follow Masataka's and Chris' lead and have an event in your area! Whether you'd like to have a small info session meetup, a one day hackathon, or a larger event like we're planning for Shenzhen, let us know at public-testtwf-planning@w3.org. We have kits to get you going.

Quotes of the Month

As we navigate millions of words on Twitter, Github, mailing lists, and our inboxes, from time to time someone says something that captures the spirit of the Test the Web Forward movement. Here are some we came across in September:

  "The good news is about one-third were also at the June TestTWF. Yes,
  returning Forwardistas! It was really great to have them; they were kind
  enough to help us and others writing tests, so people who were new to the 
  event were able to submit tests. What a beautiful community, isn't it?"

  -- Masataka Yakura, on the turnout at the Tokyo TestTWF Meetup

  "Authoring tests is not the end of the story. It's actually the beginning."

  -- Yuta Kitamura, Github test review

"TestTheWebForward.org - Join the rebellion [tm]"

  -- Rodney Rehm, Frontend Conference, Zurich

Let's keep Making the Web a Better Place!

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