Unaccustomed as I am to public speaking...

Waterloo: Napoleon did surrender. What better way to commemorate that event of 1815 than naming a train station after it?

Fast forward almost 200 years. In June 2005 that same train station will be the debarkation point for some of the brightest geek minds on the planet. Just a short walk from the station, the Franklin Wilkins Building of King’s College will serve as the venue for @media 2005.

Jeffrey Zeldman, Doug Bowman and many others will be gathered to disseminate their wisdom and experience. The topics will range from accessibility tutorials to CSS autopsies.

In amongst all that, I’ll also be stepping up to the podium to deliver an impassioned exhortation on "The Behaviour Layer: Using JavaScript for good, not evil":

"The aim is to encourage developers to think about the DOM in the same way as CSS: a powerful technology that works best when separated from the actual content. Remember, with great power comes great responsibility."

As well as some great presentations, I anticipate that there will be much "networking" going on in the pubs of London afterwards. Do try to make it if you can: it should be fun.

If London is too far away for you, like if the Atlantic ocean has been inconveniently placed between you and it, how about getting along to South by SouthWest?

I’ll be talking there as well. The somewhat tongue-in-cheek topic is "How to bluff your way in CSS" and I’ll be presenting it together with Andy (who’s also speaking at @media 2005).

If you’re going to be at either event, let me know if you fancy meeting up for a chinwag and some drinkipoos.

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