I saw an announcement the other day that Sam Ruby will become co-chair of the W3C HTML working group at the beginning of next year. The HTML working group impacts web application development more than most other standards even though there's rarely a direct dependency on their deliverables. Sam has been very pragmatic in working on developing standards and I hope that he'll be able to untangle some of the issues that that group is facing. Congratulations to Sam for taking on this project.
The posting schedule will be light for the remainder of the year. Readership during major US holidays falls off about 60% so I no longer publish new posts on those days. Even on non-holiday days, readership is about 30% lower during these last two weeks of the year due to people being on vacation. That's why you'll primarily see news, announcements, and commentary rather than technical posts.