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Mozilla meets Opera — Beyond HTML5: Dialogue between Web Developers and Browser Experts

Guest posting here from the Mozilla Taiwan (MozTW) community.

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We just had COSCUP, the biggest open source conference in Taiwan, last weekend. This year, MozTW community once again used all its power to overthrow support the COSCUP staff. Mozilla not only sponsored COSCUP but also invited Paul Rouget, Web Evangelist, to Taiwan to give a talk entitled “HTML5 and Friends: intelligence client side” about recent development of HTML5 and its capabilities.

Beyond HTML5

As Paul came here from as far as Berlin, we didn’t want to let go of the chance to have further interaction with him. After Tiramisu Tim Dream, our beloved, full of passion, MozTW Web developer had a discussion with friends from Opera Taiwan, we decided to hold a mini-workshop entitled “Beyond HTML5: Dialogue between Web Developers and Browser Experts” in which Zi Bin Cheah, Web Standards Expert, from Opera would be giving a talk, along with Paul.

Beyond HTML5

Paul firstly introduced HTML5 features that are already implemented, and then the recently announced WebAPI project. The projet includes DOMCrypt for client side encryption/decryption, Notifications for service notification, Mouse Lock/Capture API for game developerment, WebUSB for controlling USB, WebVibrator which sounds just erotic funny, Camera for video capturing, Orientation/Accelerometer for device activities, WebGL/Canvas for displaying, WebTelephony/WebContacts/WebSMS for telecommunication stuff, and WebNFC and so on.

Through this endless series of cutting edge APIs, Mozilla hopes to break the gap between web pages and mobile devices, and finally enables Web developers to build full-fledged (and unimaginable?) services. In the process of developing these APIs, the relevant specifications and prototype implementations will be submitted to W3C in order to turn these APIs into Web standards and benefit everyone in the world.

Beyond HTML5

Zi Bin of Opera then shared several HTML5 demos with us like HTML5 games under hardware acceleration, getUserMedia for getting phone camera image and then CSS3 Transform for ruining the image, WebRTC for implementing Skype Killer video conferencing on Web pages. He also demostrated the potentials of making games using these technologies.
Finally, Zi Bin gave a demo on Opera Dragonfly, the remote bug fighting technology for mobile pages, and once again gave us a *Never Live Demo* lesson.

Beyond HTML5

And then the big show began. The panel had the two speakers and Kenny, the Team Contact of the W3C HTML5 Chinese Interest Group as the moderator. Kenny prepared various intense questions such as “What should Web developers do now that different browsers implement different thing?”, “What benefits do we get by having these new features when we are making Web pages but not Web applications?”, “Among these new features, what makes you the most excited?”, “Mozilla and Google keep inventing new APIs but ignores various features in the HTML5 spec. Why?” Paul and Zi Bin gave excellent answers to these questions.

Beyond HTML5

“People who are passionate about the future of the Web should go deep into it, either via investigating into the technology, experimenting with new features, participating in the community activities, joining discussions in HTML5 Interest Group and so on,” the two speakers reiterated.

(comic illustrating the Beyond HTML5 event by MozTW community member 電腦君(polliwog) )Slides of the two speakers:

Link to the slides, navigate via left/right keys.

We would also like to thank those who helped with the event: from Opera, Peko, from MozTW community Peter, shadowcrow and our Captain Bob, who really wanted to come to the event but didn’t make it due to heavy workload. Poor Bob!

More information:

Opera@COSCUP 2011 and Beyond HTML5 | Opera Taiwan
HTML5 Chinese Interest Group | zibin
HTML5 Slides Module – DZSlides by Paul Rouget

φ Reported by Irvin, correspondent of Mozilla Links Traditional Chinese Edition, and translated by Kenny.

Save the date! Mozilla Camp Asia 2011 – Kuala Lumpur (Nov 19-20)

 

Guest posting here while Gen is away on vacation, I’m thrilled to announce that the first ever Mozilla Camp Asia will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on November 19th-20th, 2011, exactly one week after the Mozilla Camp Europe in Berlin.

For those who aren’t familiar with the event, Mozilla Camp (aka MozCamp) is a large 2-day regional Mozilla summit that brings together Mozilla staff and active contributors from a given region for a (intense!) weekend of presentations, discussions, brainstorms, workshops, hackathons around specific areas of the Mozilla project, all with a special focus on the region. The event is, of course, also the opportunity for Mozillians to meet in person, to put a face on a lot of quirky IRC nicknames, and to spend some quality time together!

That’s all for now. Save the date in your calendar and make sure to tune in regularly on this blog as Gen will be giving regular updates and more detailed information on the Mozilla Camp Asia, on the schedule and on the sponsorship policy for participants.

 

Stay tuned!
(photo credit nina.bruja under CC-SA)

Malaysia Open Source Conference 2011

I’m preparing for our Mozilla meetup in Malaysia this evening but wanted to publish the presentation I gave yesterday at the 2011 Malaysia Open Source Conference in Penang.

I want to thank my colleagues at Mozilla, Chris Heilmann and Robert Nyman, as their presentations provided significant inspiration and content for my own presentation.

I wanted to thank the MOSC 2011 secretariat for the invitation to speak and the coordination for the event.

Mozilla Malaysia meetup in Kuala Lumpur- July 6

On July 6th, we will hold a meetup for those who are interested in starting a Mozilla community in Malaysia at Marmalade in Bangsar Village 2, Kuala Lumpur, starting at 19:00.

This is a gathering for anyone who:

  • might be interested in starting a Mozilla community in Malaysia
  • might be interested in localizing Firefox or Thunderbird into Malaysian
  • might be interested in starting a Drumbeat community in Malaysia
  • is interested in open source software and or promotion of the open web

More details and sign-up are here:

http://mozmymeetup.eventbrite.com/

Note: I’ve capped the dinner sign-ups to 30 45. If we get more than 30 45 interested, please come meet us at the Starbucks right near Marmalade Bangsar after 9 pm on July 6th.

For those of you who cannot attend the meetup (and for those of you who are planning to attend), we have started a new mailing list for the community in Malaysia. Please join this list to follow the discussion:

https://lists.mozilla.org/listinfo/community-malaysia

I look forward to the discussion both at the meetup and online at the mailing list!

Mozilla Indonesia won the Best Booth at Compfest 2011

Yofie Setiawan, one of the leaders of the Mozilla Indonesia community in Jakarta, has a great blog post covering the recent Compfest 2011 event where the Mozilla Indonesia community’s efforts won Best Booth! Congratulations to the Indonesia community!

At last day we are nominated as the CRAZIEST booth. They call us crazy actually it’s kinda like the most cheerful, happy, and friendly booth. And at the final day, there’s no exhibition anymore, but the commitee ask some person from Mozilla can come at the closing day. At first I have another important thing to do, but when the commitee said that we are winning the BEST booth at Compfest 2011, I cancel my plan behind, I ride my motorbike at topspeed to the closing event, and running till get sweat to the stage. And fortunately I get there on time! Really like last seconds, the time when the host ready to calls Mozilla up to the stage to take the awards as the BEST booth at the Compfest 2011 Exhibition. We are really happy and proud of it! We’re not planning to grab any awards at first. Our mission is to present Mozilla at the event. And we would love to do it again on any other chances.

Mozilla Indonesia won the Best Booth at Compfest 2011

 

Vietnamese language Firefox localization group

With the hard work of Hung Nguyen, we have had a Vietnamese Firefox since 3.6. However, Hung is working on his own and is looking for additional help to localize Firefox as well as other Mozilla software and websites into Vietnamese. This mailing list has been set up to coordinate the localization of Firefox and other Mozilla software into Vietnamese. We are actively looking for volunteers- please come help if you are interested.

If you would like to join the mailing list, please do so here:

https://lists.mozilla.org/listinfo/dev-l10n-vi

If you prefer the Google Groups interface (same emails, different interface) you may sign up here:

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/mozilla.dev.l10n.vi

Note this is a moderated list because the spam to Usenet has been severe in recent years. Only spam messages will be moderated/deleted.

Mozilla Indonesia community featured in Gatra magazine

Thanks to the hard work of the Mozilla Indonesia community during the Firefox 4 launch, Indonesian magazine Gatra has featured the id-Mozilla community (PDF) alongside a review of all of the major browsers. The lead photo is from Surabaya, where Josh Aas, David Mandelin and David Anderson visited.

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View more documents from Gen Kanai.

pregi.net new Mozilla mirror in the Philippines

A few months late but I wanted to announce that the Philippine Research, Education and Government Information NETwork (PREGINET) has provided a new mirror for Mozilla in the Philippines.

http://mozilla.pregi.net/

I want to thank Bani Lara and the team at PREGINET for agreeing to host a new mirror for us in the Philippines.

In this case Mozilla provided the server hardware and PREGINET is providing the bandwidth, rackspace, power, etc.

If you know of an organization who can provide mirror server bandwidth for Mozilla anywhere in the world, please do not hesitate to get in touch.  We are always looking for more mirror capacity as this is how Mozilla’s software is distributed to all of our users around the world.

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pregi.net Mozilla mirror 1123

Firefox at 16 percent share in Thailand

Jon Russell at the Asian Correspondent points us to a Bangkok Post article, Internet use increases but Thai sites lagging behind, covering statistics on Internet usage in Thailand taken from Truehits.net (a Thailand-based firm tracking many key statistics.)

For web browsers, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer controlled a 65.6% share last year, a decline of 13 percentage points from 2009. Mozilla’s Firefox increased its share from 2.7% to 15.9%, while Google Chrome rose from 8.4% to 11.8%.

Truehits also provided a list of the top 10 Thai websites which are: sanook.com, kapook.com, mthai.com, dek-d.com, exteen.com, teenee.com, manager.co.th, truelife.com, gmember.com, and playpark.com.

Firefox 4 launch party in Manila

In a few hours I’ll be leaving for Manila where my colleague Sid Stamm and I will be celebrating the Firefox launch with the Mozilla Philippines community this Saturday April 16th.

EVENT DETAILS HERE

If you are not already RSVPed and wish to attend, please contact the Mozilla Philippines community to see if there are any extra seats. The last I heard, the event was sold out.

I’ll be doing a talk about Firefox 4, Sid will be talking about some of the new security features of Firefox 4 and perhaps what we might expect later this year from the security team.

The Philippines market is a vibrant one for Mozilla, where Firefox has enjoyed being the dominant browser on the desktop since early 2009. Recently, we are seeing a growth in the popularity of Chrome in the Philippines (yugatech.com, jozzua.com), which makes for interesting discussions- it’s something I will certainly address in my presentation.

I’m really looking forward to spending time in Manila with the Philippine Mozillians.