I’ve found it difficult to line up behind the Web Standards Project [WaSP]. Not because I don’t support the call to standards, but because one of the legs the group stands on includes pressuring users to upgrade to standards-compliant browsers. I think that’s a tactic that only alienates one’s audience, and demonstrates a real misunderstanding of the users’ lot in this game.

On the other hand, I’m very encouraged by WaSP’s latest tactic: pressuring the publishers of site development tools to create products that write standards-compliant code. Speaking for WaSP, Tom Negrino [an occasional author] says: “None of the big tools–Dreamweaver, GoLive, FrontPage–none of them currently writes standards-compliant code.”

Good on you, WaSP.

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