Ivan Herman and Mike Smith from W3C are touring eastern Australia from
12 to 20 May, presenting on the future of web standards, HTML5, XHTML and Semantic Technology. There are industry public and research presentations in Brisbane 12 May, Sydney 13 May, Canberra 15 May, Hobart 18 and 19 May, Melbourne 20 May. The tussle between XHTML (lead by the academics) and HTML5 (promoted by the browser writers) is an interesting one. The semantic web has similar issues.