Just realizing that with the busy Spring I’ve missed announcing a recently launched project that I’m honored to be serving on the editorial team for.
Web Standards Sherpa’s experts provide helpful, pragmatic and up-to-date advice on best practices for web professionals everywhere.
Back in March, Web Standards Sherpa, the brainchild of some of the crew at the Web Standards Project and support from Microsoft, Mozilla, Opera, the W3C, and others, was born. The new site aims to provide guidance on the real world usage of web standards and surrounding best practices through reviews and feedback on existing web sites. Now, with the 10th article published yesterday, I think we’re well on our way down this path of building a great, relevant, and current resource to help web professionals on their journey. Already I am finding that I’m referencing many of the pieces in conversations with clients or colleagues.
The Path We’ve Started On
Here’s an introduction to the current staff of Sherpas guiding you and the types of wisdom they’ve been dropping along the way.
- Improving the Tweet Box – developer Aaron Gustafson critiques the code choices behind the tweet box on twitter.com
- Stop Hiding Behind Products – usability expert Jared Spool looks the impact of language on site organization and navigation
- Curing the jetBlues – where Derek Featherstone looks at the keyboard accessibility of jetBlue’s site in light of the pending lawsuit against them
- Dissecting a Chattarati Sidebar – content strategist Erin Kissane discusses the value of sidebar modules on a local news site
- Designing Scannable Headlines – designer Dan Rubin looks at content density, headline legibility, and typography at the NY Times
Join The Trek
Check out the great team behind Web Standards Sherpa and learn a bit more about the project by watching Aaron Gustafson’s talk from MIX11. And if you have a project that you’ve recently launched or that you’re looking to redesign soon and you’re wrestling with a topic such as accessibility, performance, semantics or content strategy drop the Sherpas a line via the submit a site form. Or just come by the site and join the discussion.