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A few days ago I joined the W3C HTML Working Group. After reading the press release and charter, I decided this was something I needed to be a part of for a few reasons:

  1. It will be a good way to start shaping my own path in the web community.
  2. It will be a good way to keep on top of the industry. Not only will I know what is happening with HTML 5, I will actually know the language and it's proper usage.
  3. Lastly, and most importantly, it will give me a voice within our community. If I'm not a part of where the we are going, I can't complain about the state of the community when we get there.

I encourage everyone that cares about where the internet is headed to join. It's quite simple and Ian Hickson has posted instructions on how to become an "invited expert." Also, while you at, I would suggest joining the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group mailing list. The WHATWG has been championing HTML for the past couple years so some great ideas are coming out of there as well.

A couple warnings here before you join. Be prepared to be inundated by email. I've received over 150 messages in the past couple days alone. The group is very active - that's the good thing - but it will fill up your inbox - that's the bad thing - and take your time reading the ideas being purposed. Also be aware that Chris Wilson was formally announced as the working group's chairperson today. Up until now, from what I hear, there's just been arguing about smaller issues and various elements or tasks. I think Chris' oversight will bring significant change in the way we communicate in the future.

But, for now, I'll sit back, get the lay of the land and then take a more active role when things start to sort themselves out and progress is starting to be made.


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