Virtue is Thy Patience: Project Next Steps

Hi folks! Okay, I’ve set up a Wiki as promised, but of course now the real work begins. Here’s what I’m thinking.

I’m going to have one of our volunteers begin gathering all interested names and contact information. Once we have a working list of all the interested folks, we’ll provide wiki access to those who will be directly contributing to the project. If you’ve expressed interest, expect a ping in the upcoming days with some information to get you going with the current setup.

At the end of this rambling post, I’ll include an idea of what I’m thinking for primary starting points. These are kick-off ideas only, as many have stated – there are a variety of interests not immediately related to the primary activity – such as addressing issues with “framework-itis” fragmentation and other equally specific topics.

My thought is to follow the infrastructure we used earlier in the history of the Project, where we had smaller focus groups identified as a Task Force. An example would be the “F-Bomb and Frag the Frameworks Task Force” (okay, not exactly that), where group members focus on actions that harmonize rather than continue to fragment languages from their core standards (CSS, Javascript – especially Javascript).

Part of the ideal here is to bring ourselves back to the languages and the platform in as clean a way as possible – the way it was envisioned. Separate, controllable layers that are integrated. I ramble, but that’s because so has the Web! It’s rambled off its path a bit, and that’s great for discovery and we also need anchors.

I’m tired and it’s really hot even though it’s 0230. The U.S. Southwest is gorgeous and I love living here, but hot on top of hot is deadly hot. With that, I’ll leave you with these ideas and ask for your continued patience as we ramp up what I know will be a very valuable experience for all!

  • Helping to define the clear community structure and primary goals of the Web Standards Project (Refresh) as it emerges again
  • Working to examine good ways of managing volunteer hours and energy
  • 10 Core Principles of Web Industry Professionals (this is mostly an exercise to get us working on statements we can agree on. Can be used for publication as well
  • The Web Industry Professionals Code of Standards and Conduct. A formal, living specification and recommendation for activities related to: social and civil rights as they pertain to the individual expression and identity of our colorful industry, increasing opportunities for people from all walks of life, ensuring fair payment for task and level, intellectual property, expectations of the Web professional in public activities such as conferences and hackathons and any other related activities deemed important for outlining our professional ideals
  • A clear and concise definition of what “OPEN WEB” really means
  • Notes of support and kindness to each other as we work together to truly move the Web forward!

Have thoughts on any of these topics? Ideas not yet mentioned or that you feel should be part of early initiatives? Please add your comments to this post.

Web Standards Project: Re-ignited!

Howdy friends,

Forgive the out of the box template here, but I’m anxious to get started with gathering names on a non-social network site for the reignition of the Web Standards Project. I am also intending to start blogging regularly again, and hyperverbal is my new home. Welcome!

Insofar as WaSP, the initial focus action I have put together is to

bring about an iterative set of professional standards, codes of conduct and ethics to the Web design and development industry.

This is the first focus – to forge an edict of professional standards. This would ideally be a living recommendation that would be managed via Github in order to track changes.

Some of the voiced concerns regarding revitalizing the project have been the very reasonable expressions of “It’s harder now because it’s more fragmented” and that’s true! As such, I expect there will likely be a lot of modification and updates to  the rec.

We will also want to have a wiki and/or proper Web site for our mission statement, a means for folks to join us, activities and opportunities and so on.

Thank you all for wanting a higher standard of professionalism in the Web industry, which has now been alive for over two decades. It’s time we acknowledged we exist as an actual industry, and that it’s a very complex and highly skilled industry at that.