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BrowseHappy Now Part of WordPress as WaSP Refocuses Mission

Released: 01 June 2005 | Author: Molly E. Holzschlag on behalf of The Web Standards Project

In an effort to refocus energy on advocating for standards from a perspective of universal access and vendor neutrality, WaSP is handing over the reigns of the BrowseHappy [1] campaign to the good folks at WordPress [2].

The move comes after WaSP members examined past and present activities and decided that while the BrowseHappy campaign serves an important role its lack of neutrality has actually put WaSP in a compromising position by seemingly showing favoritism toward specific browsers.

“WaSP reviewed its charter and the original vision of The Web Standards Project, and we’ve decided that at this time, in order to best serve the Web design and development community at large, refocusing our work in this fashion is key” said WaSP Steering Committee member Molly E. Holzschlag.

While the URL for the site will remain the same, WordPress is now the official host and sponsor of the project, and WaSP as a group will have no influence over the future of BrowseHappy.

Matt Mullenweg, one of the lead developers of WordPress, says “WordPress has always been focused on web standards and providing the very best experience for our users, and a good browser is a necessary baseline. We’re more than happy to take BrowseHappy under our wing and keep this valuable community resource up-to-date and relevant to as many people as possible.”

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