About two weeks ago, I published An Open Letter to WaSP, and the feedback was very good and the following discussion at a good level. So this post is a kind of semi-follow up to that, based on my reflections on the comments I got.
What I wanted to target here was the “isn’t this for W3C”-reaction that I got, which really is an interesting discussion. We have the W3C that put together their recommendations and we have WaSP fighting for spreading the word and the awareness about web standards. Then Karl of W3C wrote an interesting comment about the W3C Education and Outreach group and pointed us to their work.
This led me to thinking: should WaSP then be a part of W3C?
Don’t get me wrong, WaSP have done tremendous work spreading web standards, especially lately with their collaboration with Microsoft, but I can honestly say that if I were to say WaSP to my colleagues, most of them would think of a heavy metal rock band with a singer called Blackie Lawless. And if W3C have such a group, shouldn’t WaSP be that group? Evangelizing in the name of the W3C would probably get even more attention, and it would also come from the same organization as the recommendations. My belief is that it would help WaSP to gain more credibility (not something they lack in my eyes, but in people I meet).