December 16, 2001


 

The announcement at the Web Standards Project's front door has been “Gently revised 16 December 2001 in response to community feedback.

Issues regarding linking to the WaSP have been clarified at their end.

I have received today reassurance from Jeffrey Zeldman, WaSP Group Leader, that the Web Standards Project continues to support the Browser Upgrade initiative and that the Bowser Upgrades page at the WaSP will be constantly updated.

One thing that I have become aware of over the past few days is the very large number of sites out there that have a link to the Web Standards Project's front page.  Many of these sites are linking to the WaSP in order to encourage their visitors to upgrade their browsers.  Others are linking to the front page in order to promote wider understanding of web standards. And then there are those who have simply picked up a snazzy button or banner that adds a bit of colour to their sites.

Is this still a good idea?  I think not.  Do you really want to direct one of your visitors to the WaSP's farewell note?

If you are redirecting your visitors in order to encourage them to upgrade their web browser make sure your link is pointing to the upgrade page here:

http://www.webstandards.org/upgrade/

(I know that the WaSP has encouraged developers to direct such visitors to this page, but many people out there have simply linked to the front page.)

If you are linking to the WaSP's front page in order to spread the good word about web standards you may want to reconsider your decision entirely.  You would hardly be doing anyone a favour by pointing them to a rather long note that will eventually tell them that they have arrived at a an inactive organization whose main bussiness is apparently fait accompli.

You might, as I have noticed some have done, try linking to another page at the WaSP. For instance you could try the Mission page, which states the project's original goals.  But then again, it's a bit dated and, according to the recent announcement, the members of the project believe these goals have largely been accomplished.  Would that not be just a little bit deceitful on your part?

The WaSP's What are Web standards and why should I use them? is a good starting point for anyone who wants to learn about web standards.  If you are going to link to this page, please keep in mind that it is a fairly long document and it touches on a lot of different topics.  If you direct a visitor from your site to this page they may not be coming back for a while.

Other pages you might consider are the Resources page, the Into Action page or maybe even the old home page.

If you have one of those tempting little buttons or banners on your page and you have linked it to the WaSP's front page, consider again where your visitors are going to wind up.

In all cases you should keep in mind that the WaSP refers its other pages as “ancient materials archived on this site.”  Thus, we can not expect the materials contained therein to remain relevant nor the the links to be up to date.

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