Warning! This Book Could Be Hazardous to the Web!

The Web Standards Project (WaSP) last week launched an initiative to get older web books that promote non-standards based web development off our shelves. Read their posting here.

They’ve put up a PDF of a set of warning bookmarks that standardistas can print off, cut up, and stick in offending books that they find in bookshops and libraries. They’re getting folk to take pictures and stick them on Flickr and add them to the WaSP Street Team Bookmarks group. They’ve even put up a lovely list of good books that we can go to to re-stock (all linked to amazon of course) – I wonder how many we have of them.

I particularly liked their note :

Caution: As much as these books need to be removed from public circulation and replaced with good books, you should never attempt to harm or destroy outdated books. Please treat these inaccurate tomes as ancient museum relics. Remember, that in addition to providing free access to knowledge, libraries are charged with maintaining history. All we are trying to accomplish here is to move these relics over to the outdated archives, you know, next to the “world is flat” and “pluto is a planet” sections.

An interesting initiative I thought.

One thought on “Warning! This Book Could Be Hazardous to the Web!

  1. Megan April 24, 2008 / 2:40 am

    Thanks for the heads-up on this Simone, it’ll be interesting to see if this takes off widely in NZ, and people make a noise about removing older books and/or replacing them, or defacing them …

    Anyhow, here’s a check on our bookstock :

    Here are the titles that we do hold copies of –
    Designing with Web Standards (2nd ed.) by Jeffrey Zeldman.
    Beginning CSS Web Development: From Novice to Professional
    Build Your Own Website The Right Way Using HTML & CSS
    Learning Web Design, 3rd ed.
    Bulletproof Web Design: Improving flexibility and protecting against worst-case scenarios with XHTML and CSS (2nd Edition) — we’ve only got the 1st edition only at this stage —
    Web Design in a Nutshell: a Desktop Quick Reference 3rd ed.
    CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions
    CSS: The Definitive Guide
    The Zen of CSS Design: Visual Enlightenment for the Web (Voices That Matter)
    CSS Cookbook
    HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide (6th Edition) — online version available through safari, we hold earlier printed editions —
    Bulletproof Ajax
    DOM Scripting: Web Design with JavaScript and the Document Object Model
    JavaScript: The Definitive Guide
    Web Accessibility: Web Standards and Regulatory Compliance

    Here’s a list of ones we don’t hold ( …yet) –
    General web design and development
    HTML Utopia: Designing Without Tables Using CSS
    Adapting to Web Standards: CSS and Ajax for Big Sites (Voices That Matter)
    Web Standards Solutions
    The CSS Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks & Hacks
    Transcending CSS
    Mastering CSS with Dreamweaver CS3
    HTML Mastery: Semantics, Standards, and Styling
    Simply JavaScript
    The Art & Science of JavaScript
    The JavaScript Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks & Hacks
    Accelerated DOM Scripting with Ajax, APIs, and Libraries
    JavaScript & Ajax for the Web: Visual QuickStart Guide
    Just Ask: Integrating Accessibility Throughout Design

    I’ll be checking out what is still available, what we’ll need to look at getting.

    Cheers, Megan @ Content

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