Test the Web Forward Sydney

February 8th – 9th, 2013

Sydney, Australia

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.

Over the course of the event, not only will you learn to understand how to read specifications and understand the state of support among different browsers, but you will also create robust tests along with the editors of various standards to ensure browsers implement these features consistently. At the end of it, you will gain a deeper understanding of browser internals & how you can write clear, robust tests.

We will have a number of SVG experts at this event, so we encourage development of SVG tests at this hackathon.

We do expect you to be capable of hand-coding in SVG, CSS, & JavaScript, but there will be experts from 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, music & a one-off special edition t-shirt will be provided to all participants.


Friday's Session

6:00pm - 6:30pm


6:30pm - 6:50pm

Welcome & Introduction, Alex Danilo, Google

6:50pm - 7:10pm

How to Read a Spec, Silvia Pfeiffer, W3C & Google

7:10pm - 7:30pm

How to Create a W3C Reftest, Cameron McCormack, Mozilla

7:30pm - 7:50pm

CSS 2D and 3D transforms, John Allsopp, Westciv

7:50pm - 8:00pm

Meet the Experts



8:00pm - 9:30pm

Mingle / Plan for Saturday Hacking

Saturday's Session

9:30am - 10:00am


10:00am - 10:40am

Recap of The Plan, Suggested Features to test, Alex Danilo, Google




Lunch is served

12:00pm - 3:00pm




3:00pm - 5:30pm


5:30pm - 6:00pm




Note: We will be recording the event. If you would like to be excluded from appearing in the video, please contact testthewebforward@gmail.com.


Avatar of Alex Danilo

Alex Danilo

Google, SVG Working Group

Avatar of Silvia Pfeiffer

Silvia Pfeiffer

W3C HTML5 co-editor, Google

Avatar of Cameron McCormack

Cameron McCormack

Mozilla, SVG Working Group co-chair

Avatar of John Allsopp

John Allsopp

Web Directions founder, Web luminary


Avatar of Chris Lilley

Chris Lilley

W3C Standards Specialist

Avatar of Dirk Schulze

Dirk Schulze

Adobe, SVG & CSS Working Groups

Avatar of Darryl Cain

Darryl Cain


Avatar of Erik Dahlström

Erik Dahlström

Opera, SVG Working Group co-chair

Avatar of Brian Birtles

Brian Birtles

Mozilla, SVG Working Group

Avatar of Rik Cabanier

Rik Cabanier

Adobe, SVG Working Group and Canvas editor

Avatar of Brett Morgan

Brett Morgan


Avatar of Dmitry Baranovskiy

Dmitry Baranovskiy

Adobe, SVG Working Group

Avatar of Cyril Concolato

Cyril Concolato

Telecom ParisTech, SVG Working Group

Avatar of Tim Ansell

Tim Ansell


Avatar of Jared Wyles

Jared Wyles


The experts selection is being finalized. Keep an eye out here for changes, or just come along and meet them!


Google Sydney

48 Pirrama Road
Pyrmont 2009, Australia

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Google Sydney is across the road from 'The Star' casino and is easily accessible by public transportation from any train station or bus stop

Nearest train station is Town Hall (15 minute walk)

Take any bus to Wynyard stationm then it's about a 20 minute walk

Bus 443 from Queen Vctoria Building near Town Hall train station takes about 20 minutes to get to the building and takes you through a nice tour of the area


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

Before you begin

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:



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


Google Adobe W3C