About Molly

photo of molly being mischievious Molly E. Holzschlag, known to many as “mollydotcom” or just plain “Mols” is an author, teacher and Open Web Evangelist. She has spent the majority of her 25 years in IT working with the Internet, and observed the Web emerge and evolve from its first days at CERN.
She has spent the years since educating herself and others about the Web, its languages, and its core philosophies.

Currently an invited expert to the W3C, Molly works globally to connect consumers, businesses, Web designers, developers, browser implementors and tool makers; encouraging cultural diplomacy, technical interoperability and professional excellence.

Honored by multiple organizations and sites as one of the most influential women on the Web, a long-time friend and colleague once quipped “If Tim Berners-Lee is the father of the Web, than Molly is its fairy godmother.”

Warm, colorful, and interested in everyone’s stories and successes, be sure to say hello at an event or on Twitter: @mollydotcom


Analysis of need and creation of company standards & best practices; Expert training in front-end Web development with HTML, HTML5, XHTML and CSS; Web project management, interoperability, quality assurance, search engine optimization, social and community strategies and brand-building, standards and practices advocacy, Accessibility/Section 508 analysis, large-scale web site management, scalability and long-term growth planning; change management; community management.


16 thoughts on “About Molly

  1. Howdy-Molly—Molly has long been my favourite name-as a child i had a lovely aunt so named-she gave me 12.5 pence-a coin called ‘half a crown’-as i was begging for fireworks money in 1960s London-a common thing in those days-i would have a makeshift dummy propped up on the pavement and kids would say ”penny for the guy please?”-as in Guy Falwks who nearly blew up the houses of parliament-im doing the history bit as i dont know if your British-i keep thinking i want to join the community camped at st.pauls-not sure if i could take my dog–Molly !-Peace and Love-Des

  2. I am very new to web world and taken a course from lynda.com. Css for Designers I liked the tutorial very much.thanks to you for such a great tutorial.Is there any other tutorial like that which explains same points from todays standards.

  3. Dear Ms. Molly,

    I came across the link “A Selection of Supported Features in HTML5 (http://molly.com/html5/html5-0709.html)” on the page “23 Essential HTML 5 Resources ()” by Ryan Carson and it does not work. Please let me if there is another way to access this resource.

    Thank You,

    Madhukar Reddy Degapudi

  4. through angus forbes’ suggestion, I am contacting you to know if you’d like to contribute to / participate in a pechakucha-style event Thursday Aprill 11th in Tucson on the topic of mobility.

  5. all this time can not find your email= less able… still alive…..struggling to keep the brain working despite surgery, strokes, and severe depression. time closes in on us it seems – the inhumanity and oppressive hate of some in this world at times overwhelms. as in the recent and past atrocities …. and I thought I had run out of tears. feverish sleep brings back memories I wished none of the children and next generations would not have to know.

    • Ray,

      Hopefully there is a positive way to wake up our fellow citizens who have fallen into “Social Unconsciousness” is a non violent way. Someone mentioned to me to research “The Singing Revolution” I still need to do this. I did watched a good documentary on Netflix callled “I AM”, created by a man who directed many of Jim Carey Movies, it had a very good message. Obtaining wealth did not make this man happy and after a painful injury and long road back to gaining relief and recovery he realized the basic truth is “Less is More”. He now promotes living life by enjoying and caring for our environment and animals. Check it out!
      Have you found any good websites, video’s or groups you may suggest for me to review.

      Everyone has Value! Let someone know how you appreciate them today!


  6. Hi Molly I’ve had the good fortune to go through the Css title which U done with Mr. Andy Clarke. It was great fun & enlightening to watch that videos. I’m still a struggling Multimedia professional. I would like to be in touch with you.

  7. Hi Molly,

    I’m very new to coding and only started learning back at Christmas. So far I absolutely love it! Initiatives you’re involved in like the W3C CSS Working Group and Ladies Who Code are amazing, the developer community needs more people like you :)

    I’m reaching out to you because the company I work for, Codio, is trying to improve the way coding is taught. We’re extremely concerned about the terrible way that coding is (not) being taught in our schools. We’re raising support and awareness for a campaign that aims to change the way the next generation of developers learn how to code.

    We’re proposing a radical change to today’s rigid curricula – let the teaching and development community to take charge! We’re advocating to apply collaborative and open source principles to solve this problem. We have put together a complete (and free!) teaching/learning platform and strategy that consists of a web based IDE along with some major features for creating rich and interactive tutorials. Full details are available here.

    If this is a campaign you believe in then we need your support. Any form of encouragement is appreciated, whether registering your support at https://codio.com/s/education/ or by spreading the word..

    I’d love to hear your thoughts on the issue – any feedback, good or bad, is welcome!

    Best regards,


  8. hey folks!

    Best place to regularly interact with me is on Twitter. My user name is @mollydotcom and if you tweet w/ questions or topics or ways I can be of service, I will respond reasonably quickly :)


  9. #include
    using namespace std ;
    int main ()
    string = “molly”;

    cout << "you are the best dog in the world" << molly << endl ;

    system ("pause");
    return 0 ;

  10. Just wanted to say Hi. I was out trying to figure out some stuff about building websites and trying to teach myself about web hosting vs domain registration. It’s all so confusing. When I was searching for a name for my site, I decided to put my name in to see if it was available ad stumbled on yours. When I saw what you did for a living that was even more weird. I too was in IT before I was injured and retired on disability. I miss it so much. Looks like you found a way to do what I love to do from home. Kudos to you. I just thought I would say Hi, one Molly to another. You don’t see too many of us around. I love my name. I was named after a great grand mother Mary Ann Maloney, but she went by Molly, and my grandfather on the other side, Francis Maurice. So I ended up with Mary Frances Cartwright, But I go by Molly like my Nana did. My Mother always told me she wanted me to have a proper name in the rare instance I may want to become a Nun. Like that was ever gonna happen. Sorry to see you are sick. I regularly have donate platelets and red blood cells at the blood bank since I turned 18, 51 now. Its nice to finally see where they go. Hope you are doing well. I wish you luck in your healing and wellness.
    Molly, AKA Mary Frances

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