The Web Standards Project Welcomes New Members, Defines Initiatives for 2003
Released: 14 February 2003 | Author: Molly E. Holzschlag on behalf of The Web Standards Project
The Web Standards Project (WaSP) announced today a major personnel and project initiative change.
This week, 17 new member invitees have joined WaSP, while several long-standing WaSP members have moved from active to emeritus status within the organization.
WaSP Co-founder Steve Champeon explains the group’s changes. “This time around,” Champeon says, “we’ve gathered together some of the most dedicated Web standards advocates we could find, people who’ve done their time in the trenches figuring out how the technologies work and how to apply them to real-world design and development problems.”
WaSP’s 17 new members are: Douglas Bowman, Chris Casciano, Andrew Clover, Rick Cecil, Anil Dash, Meryl K. Evans, Matthias Gutfeldt, Chris Kaminski, Ian Lloyd, Holly Marie Koltz, Anitra Pavka, Anders Pearson, Mark Pilgrim, April Siegfried, Stephanie Troeth, Thomas Vander Wal, and Jessamyn West.
Among those WaSPs moving to Emeritus status is former Group Leader, Jeffrey Zeldman. About the project’s new directions, Zeldman points out that, “In its first years, The Web Standards Project persuaded browser makers to support markup, presentational, and scripting standards. Over the past two years,” he goes on to say, “the group has helped thousands of designers and developers who never gave the matter much thought begin authoring to spec, validating, and incorporating accessibility in their sites. It also started working with the makers of authoring tools. Much remains to be done. New leadership, forging fresh directions, will see that it happens.”
The existing WaSP Steering Committee invited the new members, basing invitations on individual history of real-world experience, influence and public leadership covering topic areas including Accessibility, HTML, XHTML, CSS, DOM, and related technologies as well as advocating better support for these technologies within Web browsers and development tools. New members represent a range of important audiences including education, big business, government, and non-profit organizations.
“The idea is to lead by example,” Champeon continued, “rather than admonishment, and help people learn how to make use of the power of Web standards. We hope to expand on the content already available at the WaSP site, and become a central gathering point for anyone interested in learning more about the practical side of standards, and not just the world that awaits us one day. The browser vendors have done a remarkable job in addressing the needs of developers, and now we’re going to try to make it even easier for those developers to make use of the tools we now have.”
WaSP members moving to emeritus status are: Eric Costello, Sally Khudairi, Michael Sweeney, Jeff Veen, and Jeffrey Zeldman.
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