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Buzz Archives for March 2007

Amazon.com to enhance its accessibility

I had to pinch myself to check it's not 1 April yet, because Amazon has always been an invalid, nested-table horror that was a poster-child for inaccessible images, but it seems to be true: Amazon.com, the leading online retailer, and the National Federation of the Blind have entered into a cooperation ...

By Bruce Lawson | Filed in Accessibility TF, General

Spring Fling

April 5, 2007 sees the Highland Fling in Edinburgh, Scotland – a one-day conference aimed at web developers and businesses with an interest in web standards and accessibility.

By Derek Featherstone | Filed in Education, Web Standards (general)

A band-aid for browsers

With tongue firmly in cheek, DOM Scripting Task Force member Dean Edwards says: Just what the world needs, another JavaScript library. That hasn't stopped him from creating Yet Another JavaScript Library Without Documentation™. But this isn't a big full-featured library along the lines of jQuery or YUI. Instead, this works more along ...

By Jeremy Keith | Filed in Browsers, DOM, DOM Scripting TF

Apollo alphas released

Today Adobe released the first alpha of their new cross-operating system runtime, codenamed Apollo.

By Aaron Gustafson | Filed in Emerging Technology

A Shopping List For Standards?

Molly is heading for Microsoft and wants to know what your hot topics are where standards and Microsoft are concerned.

By Ian Lloyd | Filed in Microsoft, Web Standards (general)

WaSP needs you

At the WaSP Annual Meeting at SXSW today, the Web Standards Project announced the WaSP Street Team. Based around the concept of a record company Street Team, the aim is to give you ways to get involved with web standards evangelism in your local area and in the places you ...

By Rachel Andrew | Filed in General, Street Team

Which is better for the web: single vendor homogeneity, or OSS/Web 2.0-style innovation?

Brendan Eich, the principal creator of JavaScript and one of the leading developers for the Mozilla project, follows up his SXSW presentation, which illustrates parallels between historical examples of user-community-driven innovation and the current state of affairs in the web useragent space. (Say that fast ten times.) In today’s post ...

By Ben Henick | Filed in Authoring Tools, DOM, Emerging Technology, HTML/XHTML, Microsoft, Web Standards (general)

WaSP SXSW Annual Meeting Today

Attend our annual SXSW meeting today! Hear our latest news and updates, ask our member questions, and find out more about a new and interesting project. Panel: WaSP Annual Meeting: Takin' it to the Street Room 8ABC Monday, March 12th 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

By Holly Marie Koltz | Filed in General

Another way to look at validation

In the new issue of A List Apart, WaSP Emeritus Ethan Marcotte questions the way we advocate for standards.

By Aaron Gustafson | Filed in Web Standards (general)

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Our Work Here is Done

By Aaron Gustafson | March 1st, 2013

Thanks to the hard work of countless WaSP members and supporters (like you), Tim Berners-Lee’s vision of the web as an open, accessible, and universal community is largely the reality.

When The Web Standards Project (WaSP) formed in 1998, the web was the battleground in an ever-escalating war between two browser makers—Netscape and Microsoft—who were each taking turns “advancing” HTML to the point of collapse. You see, in an effort to one-up each other, the two browsers introduced new elements and new ways of manipulating web documents; this escalated to the point where their respective 4.0 versions were largely incompatible.

Realizing that this fragmentation would inevitably drive up the cost of building websites and ran the risk of denying users access to content and services they needed, Glenn Davis, George Olsen, and Jeffrey Zeldman co-founded WaSP and rallied an amazing group of web designers and developers to help them push back. The WaSP’s primary goal was getting browser makers to support the standards set forth by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

In 2001, with the browser wars largely over, WaSP began to shift its focus. While some members continued to work with browser vendors on improving their standards support, others began working closely with software makers like Macromedia to improve the quality of code being authored in tools such as Dreamweaver. And others began the hard slog of educating web designers and developers about the importance of using web standards, culminating in the creation of WaSP InterAct, a web curriculum framework which is now overseen by the W3C.

Thanks to the hard work of countless WaSP members and supporters (like you), Tim Berners-Lee’s vision of the web as an open, accessible, and universal community is largely the reality. While there is still work to be done, the sting of the WaSP is no longer necessary. And so it is time for us to close down The Web Standards Project.

Many (if not all) of us are continuing to work in the world of web standards, but our work is now largely outside the umbrella of WaSP. If you are interested in continuing to work on web standards-related projects along with us, we humbly suggest you follow these projects:

  • A List Apart – The magazine “for people who make websites” is run by WaSP founder Jeffrey Zeldman and is a consistent source of forward-thinking articles and tutorials.
  • HTML5 Doctor – A solid resource and discussion forum on all things HTML5, brought to you by Bruce Lawson and his team.
  • W3C Community Groups – If you have a passion for a specific web technology, you can help make it better by participating in one (or more) community groups. In particular, you might be interested in one of these: Core Mobile Web Platform, Responsive Images, Web Education, and Web Media Text Tracks.
  • WebPlatform.org – A fantastic web standards resource, providing up-to-date documentation, Q&As, tutorials & more. Chris Mills, Doug Schepers, and a number of other standards advocates are involved in this project.
  • Web Standards Sherpa – An educational resource founded by WaSP which continues to operate under the leadership of Chris Casciano, Virginia DeBolt, Aaron Gustafson, and Emily Lewis.
  • Web Standards + Small Business – An outreach project started by WaSP that educates small businesses about why they should care about web standards. This project is overseen by Aaron Gustafson.

The job’s not over, but instead of being the work of a small activist group, it’s a job for tens of thousands of developers who care about ensuring that the web remains a free, open, interoperable, and accessible competitor to native apps and closed eco-systems. It’s your job now, and we look forward to working with you, and wish you much success.

Nota bene: In the near future, we will be making a permanent, static archive of webstandards.org and some of our other resources like WaSP Interact to preserve them as a resource and to provide a record of our 15-year mission to improve the web.

Bruce Lawson and Steph Troeth contributed to this post.

Filed in WaSP Announcement | Comments (89)

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