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Web Standards Project (WaSP)

Last Edit: 10/01/17

The Web Standards Project (WaSP) was founded in 1998, with the aim of encouraging web developers and software vendors to adhere to the use of web standards outlined by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The WaSP was founded by three individuals:

  1. George Olsen
  2. Glenn Davis
  3. Jeffrey Zeldman

The official website of the group is located at the following domain name: webstandards.org. The group is now defunct, as of the 1st of March, 2013: the stated reason being "Our Work Here is Done: Thanks to the hard work of countless WaSP members and supporters (like you), Tim Berners-Lee’s vision of the web as an open, accessible, and universal community is largely the reality."

The WaSP was primarily founded as a result of the 'browser war' conducted between Microsoft (Internet Explorer) and Netscape (Netscape Navigator) between 1995-1998. These browsers were continually updated during this period - in an effort of 'one-upmanship' - and it greatly impacted upon HTML and how HTML was being rendered; the result being that developers of websites had difficulty in designing a webpage that loaded correctly in both browsers.

WaSP was also concerned with web development tools - like Macromedia Dreamweaver - that automated the process of designing webpages; but, did not design webpages that complied with W3C web standards. Therefore, WaSP was not only concerned with the compliance of web browsers, but of any software application that impacted upon the deployment of the development frameworks outlined by the W3C. WaSP had an Adobe Task Force and a Microsoft Task Force: to focus on the activities of the two companies it believed were the biggest transgressors of web standards - in their Dreamweaver and Internet Explorer products.

WaSP is best known for it's Acid1, Acid2 and Acid3 tests. These tests were used by WaSP to test the compliance of web browsers with web standards; testing web technologies like: HTML, CSS, DOM and HTTP.