Update: BBC and HTML5
Erik is away on holiday but he's asked me to update you on what else the BBC is doing to further support the development of HTML. (Ed's note: Read Erik Huggers' earlier post HTML5, open standards, and the BBC)
This is a research area that my section, R&D, has been working on for a while, and we really want to embrace and support HTML5. Erik is so serious about the BBC supporting this project that he's already putting extra resources behind it and we are bringing on board a Senior Technologist for Internet Standards, to support increased involvement on the W3C and other standards bodies as needed. This person will work within Future Media & Technology's R&D team, where there is a history of the BBC making significant contributions to standards initiatives.
We hope the person can draw on their existing experience and knowledge of the cutting edge of Web technologies and Internet services, while working closely with colleagues inside and outside the BBC to feed through production area's perspectives. They'll represent the BBC on various standards bodies as well as create experimental interfaces which address some of the issues Erik mentioned with current standards and guidelines.
This role will be advertised on the BBC's external jobs website soon and we look forward to many interesting applications. I'll follow up with a link to this job when it's live (in the next couple of weeks).
George Wright is Head of Prototyping, BBC Research and Development.