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HTML5 Testing with Rebecca Hauck and John Hammink

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We have two great speakers on HTML5 testing!

Talk 1: Test the Web Forward with Rebecca Hauck

Test the Web Forward is 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. Through a series of events held worldwide, editors and experts on many highly popular W3C specs work with the community to educate and assist web developers who wish join in and contribute. Test the Web Forward is becoming the go-to place for resources on how to read specifications, understand the state of support among different browsers, and learns of ways to ensure that browsers implement features consistently. It is helping to shape the future of the web and you can help, too!

In this presentation, Rebecca Hauck will start with an overview on the current state of the Open Web and the very important and urgent need for interoperability tests. She’ll then talk about how crowdsourcing is an effective means to create these tests and will give a short tour of past Test the Web Forward events around the world. Finally, she’ll let you know how you can get involved and join this passionate community of Web enthusiasts.

About Rebecca Hauck

Rebecca Hauck is a Computer Scientist at Adobe Systems with over 15 years experience in testing, methodologies, automation & infrastructure, and delivering high quality software. She is a WebKit contributor, with recent contributions to test infrastructure relating to the W3C. She is also an active test author on several CSS specifications and a member of the CSS Working Group. Rebecca has been key member of the Test the Web Forward community since its inception as an organizer and speaker at several events. You can follow her on Twitter at @rebeccahauck (

Visit for more information about Test the Web Forward.

Talk 2: Testing Firefox OS with John Hammink

Firefox OS is a Linux-based open source operating system for smartphones and tablet computers being developed by Mozilla. Designed to allow HTML5 applications to communicate directly with the device's hardware using JavaScript, after its March debut at Mobile World Congress, 18 global partners, many of them carriers, have announced their intention to drive their own products, based on the technology, through 2014.

Although Mozilla is historically driven by community (and has been known to break up silos), the Firefox OS project represents a unique challenge on the part of QA. Certainly, given the number of devices promised to the market, it is not possible to run the effort entirely with an internal QA team. Thus, community, which Mozilla has traditionally leveraged, is still necessary both for automation and execution efforts. But there are challenges: How to handle vendor-proprietary parts? Hardware abstraction layers? How to deal with the delta between desktop builds and “open phones” and the proprietary devices that fund us?

In his presentation, John Hammink will talk about Firefox OS, how it's being tested, and how to drive an open source, community-based QA effort for a major open-source initiative. He'll cover the FF OS architecture, as well as provide pro tips on automated and other tools for testing.

About John Hammink

John Hammink is the lead (and the first) Quality Engineer for Mozilla's Firefox OS/Boot to Gecko open source operating system for mobile devices. He has enjoyed working as a software quality engineer on start-up projects around the world which have eventually gained large-scale adoption as products. For example, John played a leading role in QA and Hardware Certification for Skype in Tallinn, Estonia as the product emerged in 2004 and later moved toward mainstream popularity in 2006. He was also one of the first Quality Engineers on F-Secure data security suite in Helsinki, Finland in the early 2000s. When not doing engineering work, he travels, speaks, writes, develops fractal-based art and animation, and plays music. You can follow him on Twitter (@rijksband ( and read his blog at .


6:00 p.m. Doors Open
6:30 p.m. Mingle and enjoy refreshments provided by Google. Also enjoy a special wine tasting by Grant Eddie Winery.
6:55 p.m. Welcome notes and Introduction
7:00 p.m. Talk #1
7:45 p.m. Break and lightning talks* (plus more wine tasting)
8:00 p.m. Talk #2
8:45 p.m. Prize Giveaways *
9:00 p.m. Lightning Talks**

* You must be at the venue to qualify for prizes.

** If you are interested in doing a lightning talk, send the organizers your proposal.

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RSVPs close at 11:45a on Weds., 24 April.
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