Call for Papers

→ Submission deadline: now extended to 14th December

Submissions are now open for presentations at the LCA Browser Miniconf, to be held at 2013. LCA 2013 will be hosted at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia, on 28 January–2 February 2013. The Browser Miniconf will be run on the second day of the conference.

We are also interested in hearing about any topics that you'd like discussed at the miniconf. Last year we ran a small number of discussion sessions that were very well received, so we'd like to expand this facet of the miniconf this year somewhat. If you have an idea for a current problem in browser implementation (or specification deficiency, or wild idea for a new feature, or ...) that you'd like to see discussed, please let us know!


As an increasing number of applications and services shift to “the cloud”, close attention needs to be focused on the platforms that deliver these services to their users. From a user’s perspective, the browser implements the web platform. Therefore, it’s important that there is open community-driven discussion about the browser development process.

Browsers are hard – they must support a family of incredibly complex specifications, provide a safe user environment in the presence of scripts, maintain backwards compatibility for old specifications and features, and allow multiple complicated web-apps to run in parallel while remaining performant. With the range of services now exposed by the web, browsers have been likened to operating systems, and some projects, such as Google's ChromeOS and Mozilla's Boot to Gecko, are attempting to make this analogy a reality.

The Browser Miniconf is an opportunity to provide a focal point for discussing issues related to the development of open-source browsers. Several open-source browsers exist, and the two most popular rendering engines (Gecko and WebKit) both have vibrant and active communities of hackers in the Australasian region. This miniconf will allow those communities to meet and exchange ideas. It will also provide an access point for open source developers to discover more about the various browser efforts, and an introductory point for those developers interested in improving web browsers.


Proposals for any presentation surrounding open source browsers are welcome. Some suggested topics:

Details for presenters

Most presentation slots during the day will be 20 minutes long. Depending on the number of submissions, there may also be a chance for a 40 minute presentation. There will be a few minutes after each talk for questions. The venue will have projection facilities.

How to submit a proposal

To submit a proposal for a presentation at the Browser Miniconf, send an email to with the following information:

The submission deadline is 14th December.

More information

For more information on the Browser Miniconf, see the main miniconf page or contact the organisers.