Aug. 19, 2011
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – David Dailey, Slippery Rock University professor of computer science, is a recognized expert in the field of scalable vector graphics and that expertise is allowing him to rub elbows with some high-level computer gurus from around the world.
Dailey spent part of his summer as an invited presenter at DevCon5, the HTML5 Developers and Designers Conference hosted at New York University’s Kimmel Center.
HTML5 is the fifth revision of the HTML [hyper text markup language] standard used to present and structure content for the World Wide Web and is used in network browsers such as Microsoft Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Safari.
The latest update is hitting the market slowly, but is expected to be the standard worldwide by this time next year.
The fifth annual DevCon event was organized by TMCnet and Crossfire consulting.
“A majority of the invited presenters were senior management of high-tech and venture capital firms,” Dailey said. Included were representatives from IBM, Kaplan, NVidia, Microsoft and the NYC Angels. The SRU professor presented two sessions on SVG.
The conference addressed a variety of aspects of the new HTML5, the first new release of HTML by the World Wide Web Consortium in several years. Dailey wrote the original standards manual “SVG Primer for Today’s Browsers” tat is employed worldwide by the consortium. He was awarded the President’s Award for Scholarly and Creative Achievement for his work.
“The summer conference was billed as an event ‘that assembles some of the premier thinkers and speakers on the newest revolutionary technology,’ and that is pretty heady stuff to be associated with,” Dailey said.
He said those at the conference spent two days immersed in HTML5 topics. “This was a chance to look at the capabilities and future potential of the new standards, as well as how the new program will impact computer operations beyond video,” he said.
“The new system makes expanded use of scalable vector graphics, which I have been dealing with for some time, so that was very interesting to me, and I was pleased to be invited as a speaker and presenter,” Dailey said.
Scalable vector graphics are used to transform how spatial data is developed, analyzed and disseminated through the World Wide Web and through a range of hand-held devices almost all using HTML protocols.
Dailey said the biggest benefit of SVG is that it allows graphics – charts, photographs, graphic art – to appear correctly and in direct proportion on a viewer’s screen without distortion no matter the screen size – small cell phone to billboard or larger. Previous methods of showing such scanable graphics were not mathematically scaled and resulted in distortion or pixilation and increase in size that often made them unusable in large formats.
SVG is an open standard that allows for creation of effective and compelling Web content. The SVG system makes use of high-quality, interactive, animated and stylable graphics on the Web by using human-readable XML coding, which is employed in the new HTML5 system, Dailey said.
Last year, Microsoft announced its Internet Explorer software used for browsing on the Web would support SVG options.
The New York conference drew those involved in UI design, back-end development and others interested in helping expand usage of HTML5, including those involved in designing (and playing) video games.
Others joining the conference were involved in creating applications and solutions for the Internet; designers such as graphic artists and interface users; information technologists; network planners, including those involved in cloud operations; IT experts; product and strategic managers; and security planners related to the Internet. “It was a wide variety of people involved in all aspects of computer operations,” Dailey said.
Conference organizers said HTML5 has the potential to revolutionize user interfaces, challenge the status quo and change the future of both desktop and mobile Web experience. The conference explored the evolution that resulted in the HTML5 revisions.
Dailey has also been invited to visit Telefonica ID later this year. Telefonica is the research and development arm of the Spain-based Telefonica, the fifth larges producer in the world.
“I will be offering a two-day workshop to many of their researchers interested in learning about the important new technology,” Dailey said.
He recently led a contingent of fellow faculty and SRU students to the Microsoft and Google-sponsored SVG Open in Paris, France, and lent his expertise throughout the European Union with a series of lectures organized by the ERCIM – the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics – to teach such courses, he said.
Dailey earned his doctorate from the University of Colorado. He joined the SRU faculty in 1999. In addition to computer science classes, he has taught mathematics and psychology at universities in Wyoming, Oklahoma and Alaska as well as at Vassar, Williams and Bay Path College.
His research has been in many areas of mathematics and computing with much of his recent work focusing on computational graphics.
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