The Reigns of Desktop Browsers (a song)

Opera staggers
Chrome is viral
Firefox is slow
Safari doesn’t know

What am I left with?
What Shall I do?
Is it possible that all that’s left is you?

IE10, I’ll say it again
IE10 might be the best there’s been

I hate myself
And desktop browsers too
Because I understand
That this is true:

What is implemented is what is used
not our specs
lest anyone should think
a spec is always best

What are we left with?
What shall we do?
Is it possible all that’s left is you?

I’ll say it again

might be the best there’s ever been

I hate myself for saying such things
but I’m pretty sure this is what next year brings.


Grass Roots Access: First Cycle

Hello all!

In an effort to bring accessibility out of the dark and into the mainstream, core aspect of Web applications and engineering, a new, grass-roots, International, volunteer organization is being formed. Together, we will examine what kind of activism or advocacy is necessary at all layers of society to ensure that access to the Web for all people becomes an integral part of professional Web site and application engineering.

If you are interested in joining, please check in with your name, location, and comments. Once we have a critical mass of folks, we’ll discuss building the email/wiki/communication infrastructure before moving on to task lists and ideas.

Come with your heart, your passion. It may not be easy, but it’s been done and done successfully in the years of the Web Standards Project. As one of that mission’s many mothers and fathers, I know that we are capable of bringing about MASS change.

The WaSP has closed its doors, believing the mission it set out to do is enough. I don’t agree – Web standards is still not reaching core infrastructure in many places, but the fact is we’re maturing beyond just standards. We now have a realized Open Web Stack, and are able to begin looking at standards as merely a portion, albeit a significant one, of a movement not over, but merely just begun.

I look forward to what we can do together!


Meet the W3C CSS Working Group!

While February in Tucson brings with it gems and rodeo days, this year it also celebrates a serious dose of people who make the Web!

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) CSS Working Group is coming to town, and will be joining with city, university and community folks for a meetup during their stay in the Old Pueblo.

Along with private meetings, a free, public meetup will be held @spoke6 on Tuesday, February 5th 2013 beginning at 6:30. Short talks as well as group discussions will be moderated by Tucson’s own @mollydotcom with presentations by the following awesome humans:

  • Bert Bos (W3C), Co-father of the CSS language
  • Daniel Glazman, Disruptive Innovations, Co-chair of the working group
  • Tab Atkins, Google Chrome
  • Elika “Fantasai” Etemad, Mozilla Corporation
  • Simon Sapin, Kozea, Developer of WeasyPrint, tinycss
  • Folks from Microsoft, Adobe, UofA, the community and more!

The price of this fabulous lineup? FREE! There will be wine, beer, nibbles and other refreshments and time to visit casually with everyone before and after the moderated portion.