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April Fools: Web Standards Project – Tagging People Who Hurt the Web

April 1st, 2008 at 12:46 AM (10 years ago) by Matt Freedman

Web Standards Warning LabelThe Web Standards Project has announced a new initiative to tag people who may be harming the web, through old knowledge, or just holding onto the old web.

Following on the heels of the highly successful Street Team bookmark initiative, The Web Standards Project is pleased to announce a new opportunity for you to spread the good word of Web standards to the people around you. It occurs to us that books don’t build crappy Web sites; people who read crappy books build crappy Web sites. While marking books was a great first step, we need to move beyond that to get at the root cause of the problems in our industry.

Now, leveraging the very latest in hyper-localized social tagging, you can help alert others to the people around you who are hurting the Web. Simply download the official WaSP Warning Labels, print them out, and you will be ready to tag the people around you who have yet to see the light. Whether it’s the stuffed shirt in your project meetings who keeps putting off talking about accessibility because, “No blind people use our site,” or that developer who still refers to a dog-eared copy of Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML 3.2 in 14 Days, you’ll be able to tag them all.

You can download the labels here and start tagging people that may be harmful to the web.

Nice April Fools joke. It’s actually original, too!

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