The WaSP has closed its doors, with a post titled “Our Work Here Is Done“:
Tim Berners-Lee’s vision of the web as an open, accessible, and universal community is largely the reality.
If by the web you mean “the desktop web”, then things are undeniably much better than they used to be. But what about the mobile web? Opera just shifted to WebKit precisely because the vision of Tim and the Web Standards Project is not a reality. Did they notice that happening?
They later go on to almost say the opposite:
The job’s not over, but instead of being the work of a small activist group, it’s a job for tens of thousands of developers who care about ensuring that the web remains a free, open, interoperable, and accessible competitor to native apps and closed eco-systems.
When was it not, in the end, up to developers? It’s always been up to the developers, and it was the case that the WaSP helped them. Seemingly no more.
I also saw this news on the same day that Lawrence Mandel posted a call for help with the numerous problems we are having due to people coding mobile websites which assume “Android”. That needs to change, and you can help. Is Mozilla now the flag bearer for web standards? Former WaSPers, join us and help out :-)