I’ll skip the really bad entomological puns then, yes?
WaSP is “a grassroots coalition fighting for standards that ensure simple, affordable access to web technologies for all.” For a more practical look at what this means, consider:
Many books on web development still teach outdated methods, and many practitioners take pride in delivering sites that look and work exactly the same in compliant and non-compliant browsers alike, at the cost of accessibility, long-term viability, or forward compatibility. Others develop proprietary code that works only in a handful of popular browsers.
Thus one of WaSP’s primary goals is to provide educational resources that can help our peers learn standards-compliant methods that are in their interest and that of their clients and site users.
WaSP was originally founded in 1998 to encourage browser makers to use and promote core web standards; by the year 2001 it had become emminently clear that they had met their goal. The problem WaSP addresses today is developers coding for the browsers of yesterday, through habit or ignorance.
Today’s WaSP exists to inform, encourage, and even inspire developers and designers to use what’s at their disposal, to create a better web for us all. It’s an exciting time, and a great group of people. I’m proud to be a part of this.
Here’s to the web of 2004!