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Re: Introductions

From: Aarron Walter <aarron@mailchimp.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:38:30 -0500
Cc: HTML for email CG <public-htmail@w3.org>
Message-Id: <BC84924C-DB8D-448E-9214-C956E11F1E02@mailchimp.com>
To: Charles McCathie Nevile <chaals@yandex-team.ru>
Hi, Chaals and everyone in the group.

I lead the user experience team at MailChimp. HTML email has been a hot mess for a long time, and I'd love to do what I can to move standards for it forward. MailChimp sends billions of emails, and we regularly confront the idiosyncrasies of the various email clients. We'd love to help build tests and contribute knowledge where we can.

We love that this group exists! 
Aarron Walter
Director of User Experience | http://mailchimp.com | @mailchimp

On Jan 31, 2014, at 12:10 PM, Charles McCathie Nevile <chaals@yandex-team.ru> wrote:

> Hi,
> I requested that everyone write a short introduction. Even if you're just going to lurk, it is useful to have an idea of who is watching this list.
> I'm chaals, a long-time participant in W3C work. I am part of the CTO group at Yandex, where I focus on Yandex' involvement in standards. Within W3C I am co-chair of W3C's Web Apps Working Group, Member of the ADvisory Board and chair of the W3C Process Community Group, and co-co-ordinator of the HTML Accesibility Task Force within the HTML Working Group.
> I've previously worked at Opera, W3C, and RMIT University (plus various non-web jobs), and been involved in Fundación Sidar, an IberoAmerican group focused on Web Accessibility.
> I'm not an expert on HTML email, but I find it frustrating that it isn't straightforward to produce a proper structured document for email, and instead at best I can make something that might look pretty sometimes. I'm possibly no longer an expert on HTML either, as it keeps getting more complex, but at least I am still actively involved in its development.
> (There's more about me on the internet, and maybe even a lot of it is true).
> I'm also chair of this group, for no better reason than I created it. I hope we'll figure out a rough idea of how we should move forward, but I would rather we focused on doing work than on how we think others should do it :)
> At some point when we've settled in a bit I'll open a discussion on how we should run this group, but for now I will (ab)use my powers as chair (which are almost limitless in a CG, oddly enough) to suggest that we aim to do things by consensus, and that Connolly's Law (the one who does the work decides on the rules for how it's done) is a useful rule of thumb for starting out.
> cheers
> Chaals
> -- 
> Charles McCathie Nevile - Consultant (web standards) CTO Office, Yandex
>      chaals@yandex-team.ru         Find more at http://yandex.com
Received on Saturday, 1 February 2014 10:42:20 UTC

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