Web Standards Is Now Web People

The Web Standards group was initially formed to promote the use of web standards in the University Community at a time when they were not yet widely adopted. At the time, table-based layouts were widely used and CSS implementations were ripe for improvement. Flash was a commonly used solution and many websites were severely limited in their accessibility.

More recently we’ve seen more wide-spread adoption of standards as well as the rise of other groups (both capital- and small “C” communities of practice) focussing on different aspects of Web technology and implementation. Thus the University now has a broader spectrum of resources addressing different areas of Web technology and communications. However, the Web Standards group had a unique audience that does not completely overlap with other groups like Code People, DevOps, Net People or the Communicators Forum.

Therefore, we changed our name to Web People because the standards war has largely been won, but we still have an audience of web people we think are served by the group.

There was a web-people listserv on campus and Gabe Ormsby sent a message to that group explaining our proposal and rationale. (Some of this message borrows (steals) from Gabe’s message to that group.) The existing web-people list had been inactive for some time. We heard no objections from the members of that list. In fact, we got no response at all.

Hearing no objections within either group, we started up a Web People Google Group to supersede the existing web-people listserv and moved everyone from the webstandards list to the new group.

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