Steering Committee Co-Founders
Zeldman co-founded the WaSP with George Olsen and Glenn Davis, and follows Olsen as group leader. Zeldman is the creative director and publisher of A List Apart, a weekly magazine "for people who make websites;" the author of Taking Your Talent to the Web (New Riders: May 2001), a book for professional designers; the creator of Jeffrey Zeldman Presents, a well-known personal site; and the founder of Happy Cog, a web design consultancy. He is a featured columnist for Adobe Online, PDN-Pix Magazine, and Crain's Creativity, and an irregular contributor to Macworld.
Tim Bray, Independent Writer and Programmer (Textuality), Vancouver,
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Tim Bray worked for DEC and GTE before joining the New Oxford
English Dictionary Project in 1987. He co-founded Open Text in 1989, built
one of the first Web search engines in 1995, and since 1996 has served (as
expert) of several XML-related W3C Working Groups. He co-edited the XML 1.0,
Namespaces in XML, and Canonical XML recommendations.
Steve Champeon, Senior Technical Consultant and Vice-President, hesketh.com/inc., Raleigh,
S Y S T E M S I S S U E S, D O M S C R I P T
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Steven Champeon has over eight years of Internet-related computing and
management experience, having worked with companies such as IBM, Odigo,
Oxford University Press, Nerve, Bigelow Tea, and more to develop and
implement their Web presences. He is now the Vice President of
hesketh.com/inc., a Raleigh, NC-based Web design and development services
Steven is an active participant in and
speaker at trade conferences, and contributes to the online community
through his management of and
participation in several online forums including Webdesign-l, a mailing
list community targeting Web design professionals, and the Inetworkers
mailing list, targeting Web professionals in the Research Triangle Park
area of North Carolina.
The author of Building
Dynamic HTML GUIs, published by IDG, Steven has also written on
Web-related topics for Developer.com, Stating the Obvious, High Five, and A List Apart; has worked as a development editor for
Macmillan/Hayden; and provided technical editing for O'Reilly and Associates,
MIS:Press, and IDG.
B.K. DeLong, Research Lead,
S Y S T E M S I S S U E S, A C C E S S I B I L I T Y
B.K. Delong joined ZOT
Group in August 1999 as Research Lead, with responsibility for
corporate communications, media relations, event management, strategic
partnerships and standards strategy.
DeLong has over five years' experience with Web Architecture and
Prior to joining ZOT Group, he worked as a consultant on Web Accessibility
for the Center for Applied Special
Technology, focusing his efforts on the Bobby accessibility analysis engine.
He has also worked as a Web consultant for various organizations, including
the Council for the Advancement and Support
of Education (CASE), WebJammer Productions,
UMass Amherst Office of Public
Affairs and the Corporation for Public
Todd Fahrner, Design Technologist, Collabnet, San Francisco
C S S
Fahrner has labored nonstop in the production-editorial
trenches of new media publishing since 1993, specializing in
typographical design support. An invited expert to working groups of
the W3C, he has contributed to the development of the Cascading Style
Sheets Level 1 and 2 specifications, is the designer of the W3C Core
Styles, a member of the Web Design Group,
and author of various
standards-related rantings at Agitprop.
Sally Khudairi, CEO, ZOT Group
S T A N D A R D S P R O C E S S E S, C O M M U N I C A T I O N S
Khudairi leads ZOT
Group, a Web strategy consultancy focusing on standards, networking and
communications. Active in the Web since 1993, she successfully directed and
implemented communications strategies for some of the industry's best known
technologies, including XML,
Cascading Style Sheets.
Before founding ZOT Inc., Khudairi was Solutions Architect at
Cambridge Technology Partners's
Solutions Group, and Head of Communications at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
Tom Negrino is a book author and a contributing editor for Macworld
magazine, focusing on Web tools. His latest books are Quicken 2000 for
Windows: Visual Quickstart Guide and Quicken 2000 for Macintosh: Visual
Quickstart Guide (Peachpit Press). He also wrote Microsoft Office 98 for
Quickstart Guide, 3rd Edition (with Dori Smith).
He is a frequent speaker at Macworld Expo, Thunder Lizard's conferences, and
other computer trade shows, and is also a freelance computer consultant. Tom
served on the board of directors of the Los Angeles Macintosh Group from
1985 through 1999, ending his term as the group's President. He now resides
in Northern California's wine country.
Dori Smith, Author, dori.com
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In addition to writing, she has been programming for over twenty years, with
degrees from UC Irvine and UC San Diego, and is a frequent speaker at
industry conferences. She is also Editor and ListMom for the Wise Women's
S Y S T E M S I S S U E S
Michael Sweeney's checkered past includes writing, graphic design,
marketing, and technology, all of which have led inexorably to his current
passion for evangelizing the Internet as a communications medium. He has
been involved with Web page development and design for over five years.
He is currently occupied primarily with
applying Web technologies as a bridge between the originators of
information and their audiences. His tenure as former Web Administrator for Project Cool served to heighten and confirm his belief that compliance with open standards can only improve communications, and non-compliance can only be a barrier.
Jeffrey Veen is an internationally sought-after speaker, author and
consultant. He is a founding partner of Adaptive Path, a user experience consultancy focusing on the impact of design on business.
Previously, Jeffrey served as the Executive Interface Director for Wired
Digital and Lycos Inc., where he managed the look and feel of HotWired,
the HotBot search engine, Lycos.com and others. In addition to lecturing
and writing on Web design and development, Jeffrey has been active with
the World Wide Web Consortium's CSS Editorial Review Board as an invited
expert on electronic publishing. He is also a columnist for Webmonkey, the
author of the acclaimed books The Art & Science of Web Design and HotWired Style: Principles for Building Smart Web Sites. In 1998,
Jeffrey was named by CNet as one of the "First Annual Web Innovators."
Jeffrey previously worked as the managing editor and creative director of South Coast Community Newspapers, and has been active in the Internet community since 1987. He is a graduate of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and lives in San Francisco with his wife, Leslie.
George Olsen, Web Architect, How2HQ.com, Los Angeles
P R O J E C T L E A D E R 1998-1999
Olsen helps lead Web development efforts at How2HQ.com, a one-stop
"headquarters for living" destination Web site. Previously Olsen was Design
Director/Web Architect at 2-Lane Media, one of the premiere agencies in the
burgeoning field of Interactive Communications.
2-Lane Media has earned nearly 50 major industry awards, including a CLIO
and several New Media Invision awards. Its clients include
Nestle, Transamerica Corp.,
Knowledge Adventure (site under development), and several Hollywood
studios. The "Toy Story" site, developed by 2-Lane Media in 1995, featured
one of the Web's first online Shockwave games.
Olsen also teaches Web design classes at UCLA Extension, writes about Web
development issues for London-based "Web Update," and has spoken at various
conferences, such as the 1998 Internet Animation Pow Wow.
Glenn Davis, former Chief Technology Officer of Project Cool, Inc.,
Palo Alto, CA
C O - F O U N D E R 1998-2000
Glenn Davis and George Olsen co-founded The Web Standards Project.
Davis also co-founded Project Cool, Inc., one of the most successful
educational resource centers for people learning to build the Web. As one
of the Web's pioneers, Glenn has been monitoring and encouraging the
growth of the Web since 1993. He is often credited with helping to shape
the way the Web looks today and has been cited by Newsweek as one of the
most influential people on the Web.
Co-author of two books on building
Websites, Glenn is also the creator of the first search engine aimed at Web
as well as serving as a Website reviewer for Internet World magazine.
Glenn believes that anyone can build a great Website if given knowledge,
guidance, and inspiration.
Dan Shafer, Editorial Director, Builder Division, CNET Builder.com,
(415) 395-7805 ext. 561
Dan Shafer is highly regarded among the Internet community as a Guru of Web
development. Shafer has also authored more than 50 books including the
best-selling HyperTalk Programming, Smalltalk Programming for
Wizardry, and most recently, NetObjects Fusion 2 Design Guide.
Shafer has also authored hundreds of magazine articles about computers and
high technology, and is a renowned industry observer and participant.
He defines the editorial vision of Builder.com's Web site, community
discussion area, and semi-annual technical conferences, and writes the
bi-weekly Master Builder column and the recently launched Dan
Shafer: For What It's Worth email newsletter.
A high-tech veteran, he's put in twenty years as a writer, documentation
analyst, programmer, analyst, designer, and manager for companies such as
Intel, Cisco Systems, Apple Computer, and IBM. Prior to joining CNET,
Shafer was the founding Webmaster and Director of Technology at the highly
acclaimed Salon magazine. He is a sought-after speaker, moderator, and
instructor at high-technology conferences including MacWorld Expo, Web
Design and Development, Software Development, and numerous AI
Fellow Founding Members
Lance Arthur, Web
A freelance Web designer, writer and artist, Lance Arthur is the creator of
glassdog. He has
appeared on panels for the last two years running at both Austin's
acclaimed South By Southwest and Miller-Freeman's
various touring Web-based circuses. He has not written a book.
An amalgam of witty tales, Web design
tips, and bleeding-edge visual strategies, Glassdog is one of the Web's
most-awarded (and most imitated) sites, having won infinet's Cool
Design of the Year (1997) and David Siegel's HighFive.
Lance currently resides in San Francisco,
California where he spends in excess of $15,000 per year to live in a
shoebox. Consequently, he must charge exhorbitant rates for his time which, for whatever reason, several
companies have agreed to. It's the Internet Economy, Stupid!
Roger Black, President, Interactive Bureau
Black is the creative and strategic head of the Interactive Bureau.
Long celebrated for his magazine and newspaper design, Black now is at the
forefront of Internet design, and personally leads many of Interactive
Bureau's design teams. His best-selling book, Websites That Work
(Adobe, 1997) has just appeared in Japanese and Portuguese editions.
As president of Roger Black Incorporated,
he has rebuilt some of the world's most prestigious magazines and
newspapers over the past twenty-five years. His designs have changed the
face of Reader's Digest, Newsweek, Esquire, Rolling Stone, The New York
Times, Foreign Affairs, and scores of other publications on four continents.
Interactive Bureau is the leading partner
of Media Design Network, the international design team Black has put
together. The group also includes the Font Bureau inBoston, and media
design studios in France, Spain, Mexico and Colombia.
Tomas Caspers, Freelance new media developer,
is a freelance Graphic Designer who, after a career in photography and
print design, now specializes in the design and production of
projects and large-scale Websites for numerous international
the automotive, food, chemical and software industry.
In his work Tomas puts emphasis on
issues and insists on good and Web-specific typography, which
can hardly be put to work with the current crop of browsers and
of CSS and other technologies like PNG and Font embedding.
Tomas also co-authors articles on
Web animation, colour issues and typography for industry publications.
He thinks that if clients were able to spend more money on content
of debugging incompatibilities, the Web would be a better place.
His most fun project so far is Web Design's Next
Rachel Cox, Web Designer/Site Coordinator, Raleigh, NC
S I T E C O O R D I N A T O R
With her liberal arts degree clutched in one hand and her copy of
HTML: The Definitive Guide in the other, Rachel works to
shepherd Web sites through the rocky terrain between innovation and
frugality, keeping a sharp eye out for the pitfalls of lousy standards
implementation. She has a background in writing, editing, visual
design, and communication, and has been working on Web sites in one
capacity or another for the last three years. Rachel tries to confine her
more vitriolic rants to her personal site, 3:AM, but makes no guarantees about anything.
Joe Crawford, Web Integrator, Jamison/Gold Interactive, Marina del Rey, CA
working and hacking on the Web since early 1997. For a long while, he
worked as a freelancer and contractor doing animation, graphics, html,
scripting, and perl. Most recently, he served as Web Integrator for Jamison/Gold
Interactive, where he worked on high profile Websites including Namco
America, Midway Games, and Energizer Batteries.
Joe thinks it's about time the Web paid
better attention to standards. To this end, and on a complete lark, he
joined the WaSP and penned the alpha version of the "Developer Standards
Baseline Proposal." It has evolved into a sturdy product and is the WaSP's
Mission Statement. He is proud to be involved,
even cursorily, with something as worthwhile as the WaSP.
Diekhoff, Web Media Developer & Information Architect, Los Angeles.
Martin Diekhoff, through 20 years of applications programming,
traditional media work, has published works on story structure,
programming, and the Web. As an applications designer and engineer, he's
developed and deployed software for use around the globe.
With the WaSP, his contributions have ranged from founding, to technical, to
practical strategy issues facing the WaSP and developers in their push for
Martin's unique combination of analytic and artistic sensibilities provides
the backdrop for his work and for his dreams of technology as a spiritually
rich medium where a vibrant competitive environment allows all who engage
it the opportunity to discover value and adventure in materials that they,
and others, bring to life.
Chris Kaminski, Creative Director, New York City
Committees Volunteer Coordinator
Kaminski studied Visual Communications at Northern Illinois
University, Law at the Georgetown University Law Center and earned his
Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Northwestern University
in 1993. For over two years, he has been building sites for small- to
mid-sized businesses across the midwest. While doing software needs
analysis for Genoa Business Forms, Inc., he planned and built a highly
successful community site that has become the model for several other
similar sites currently in development. Chris now works as a Creative
Director at apbonline.com.
Brian M. Platz, Director of E-Commerce, Zentropy.
Brian is responsible for the E-Commerce
initiatives of some of the largest and most reputable brands in the world.
In addition, he is currently writing a book on PHP, the Web scripting language, due out this year by
publisher Addison Wesley. Taking a break from his writings, he recently
delivered a lecture at Web Design World on XML and Apache. With Jeffrey Zeldman, Brian co-founded the Web design forum A List Apart.
John Shiple, The Springfield Project
Prior to the Springfield Project, John Shiple was the
leader of Squishy
Designs, an Internet consulting company in Venice, California,
specializing in information architecture, collaborative system strategies
and advanced user interfaces for Internet-based content.
John has been at the cutting edge of
internet design for a number of years, having spent time at the MIT Media
Lab, HotWired, Organic Online, and Construct Internet Design.
John takes a holistic approach in
designing large-scale network-based virtual environments, encouraging
simplicity and ease-of-use for all users. A five-part article by Shiple
about information design recently appeared in Hot Wired. Among his
Design/Usability Consultant - Realtor.com, Westlake Village, CA. Spring 1998.
Designer/Producer - GeoCities, Santa Monica,
CA. Fall 1997. Completely redesigned GeoCities, the fourth largest site on
the internet at the time from backend (information design) to user
Simon St. Laurent
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Simon St. Laurent is a web developer, network administrator, computer book
author, and XML troublemaker living in Ithaca, NY. His books include
Elements of Style,
Bandwidth. He is a contributing editor to
xmlhack and an
occasional contributor to
Nate Zelnick, Freelance Writer, Boston
Zelnick has been a reporter covering technology (among other
things) since 1990. He also writes the bi-weekly columns "Under
Development" for Internet World and "The XML Files" for the Web magazine Webdeveloper.com. He
has worked at PC Magazine, edited a number of newsletters related to
the Internet and the electronic information industry, and was Technical
Editor of Webweek/Internet World. He has also worked for public radio in
Philadelphia, The New York Times, States News Service, and he ran
the conference program for the Internet World trade show. Zelnick was
recently Project Manager for Industry Relations for Allaire Corp. in
Cambridge, MA, and represented the Internet tools company at the World Wide