When Chris Beard first announced that over a thousand Mozilla staff and contributors would be descending on Portland this month for an all-hands work week, I worried about two things. I knew a couple of the groups in my department would be approaching deadlines. And I was afraid that so many groups of people in one place would be chaotic and hard to coordinate. I wasn’t even wrong – but it didn’t matter.
The W3C’s Technical Architecture Group (TAG) has two open seats for 2014, and I’m running for one of those seats.
In recent years a reform effort has been underway to help the TAG to improve the cohesiveness and transparency of the many moving parts of Web standards. Domenic Denicola and I would like to help continue that reform process. My particular interests in running focus on several themes:
On his impossibly beautiful blog (seriously, it’s amazing, take some time to bask in it), Steven Wittens expressed some sadness about asm.js. It’s an understandable feeling: he compares asm.js to compatibility hacks like UTF-8 and x86, and longs for the browser vendors to “sit down and define the most basic glue that binds their platforms”—referring to a computational baseline that could form a robust and portable VM for the web.