WSG Announcements

When the Web Standards Group mail list was created in early 2003, Russ began sending posts to the list with web standards-based links for people to read. For some reason the subject of these posts became “Some links for light reading”. Over the years quite a few people have requested that these posts be placed online somewhere for easier searching.

Now, all 80-odd “links for light reading” [1] posts are available online.

Future “links for light reading” will still be posted to the WSG mail
but also archived on the Max Design site [2].

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A big thanks to Russ for all the great links!

Tantek joins the WaSP Steering Committee

From Tanteks Blog

Tantek writes “A couple of months ago the WaSP invited me to join their Steering Committee. As readers know it’s been a very busy past couple of months, so it has taken me some time to carefully consider the offer and come to a decision.

Effective today, I am publicly accepting the WaSP’s most honorable offer to join up and help fight the good fight for standards that ensure simple, affordable access to web technologies for all.”

Congratulations on joining the WaSP Team Tantek I think you made the right choice in joining !

A final end to IE/MAC

Web Standards reports

Microsoft has announced that they will cease all support for IE/Mac as of December 31, 2005 and will cease all distribution of the software on January 31, 2006.

While IE/Mac has become something of a red-headed stepchild in the past couple years, it has a proud history of standards-related achievements, most of which were the result of now-WaSP, then Microsoftie Tantek Çelik.

This milestone doesn’t actually mean much for working web developers — how much effort to put into supporting a given browser is best determined by audience share, not whether the browser is currently ‘supported’ or not. Nevertheless, it’s a bittersweet reminder of the creeping obsolescence of what was arguably the single piece of software most responsible for kicking off the CSS layout revolution.

A New Professionalism And New Amateurs

Found this excellent disscussion on this blog it writes “There are now so many web sites, blogs or publications devoted to helping people learn standards and accessible techniques that there are now no excuses not to work with semantic code or CSS. Those people still delivering nested table layout, spacer gifs or ignoring accessibility can no longer call themselves web professionals.“ Andy Clarke”

So wanted to know what you all thought about it! And if someone wanted to start a list of great sites that one must visit to learn web standards.

Web Standards Group

The Web Standards Group is for web designers & developers who are interested in web standards (HTML, XHTML, XML, CSS, XSLT etc.) and best practices (accessible sites using valid and semantically correct code). We aim to:

* Provide web developers and designers with a forum to discuss issues and share knowledge (via our discussion list and regular meetings)
* Provide web standards information and assistance to developers
* Promote “web standards” within the development community

We currently have 2816 members from 99 countries.