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need to be removed from public circulation and replaced with good books, you should never attempt to harm or destroy outdated books.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 All we are trying to accomplish here is to move these relics over to the outdated archives, you know, next to the “world is flat” and “pluto is a planet” sections.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.