Re: representation of the people

Kevin Lawver wrote:
> Jonathan,
> There are several "users" of CSS.  Which one do you mean?  Here are the 
> customers of CSS as I see them:
> Authors: People who create web pages, either as a hobby or 
> professionally (I'm in this group).
> Implementors: Folks who create web browsers that parse and render CSS.
> Users: Anyone who uses anything created by the other two groups.
> Implementors are well-represented on the working group. Mozilla, Opera, 
> Apple, Microsoft, Adobe and HP and others all have representatives on 
> the group.  Authors are also now pretty well-represented by AOL, Google 
> and others who create mass-market web applications (we weren't before, 
> but thankfully, our numbers have grown in the past couple years).  I 

> would also say that users are fairly well-represented by the Authors, 
> especially since we create pages used by the general public.  We push 

In general, authors represent people trying to sell something to users, 
or sell the ability to sell (i.e. their customers are advertisers). 
That means sites are optimised for sales profitability, not optimised 
for broad ease of use.  Users perceived as being easy to part from a lot 
of money will always get priority.

(Note that Jonathon's background is in the care of young people with 
"learning difficulties" (i.e. very low IQs).  They generally have 
virtually no buying power, so authors do not consider them a sensible 

> for features that will allow us to build better products, which will 
> hopefully mean happier "Users".  I'm also pretty sure that this list is 
> made of Authors for the most part.
> If you don't feel that Users are represented by the current Working 
> Group, then you should convince W3C member organizations (some of whom 
> represent governments or government bodies who should theoretically 
> represent "Users") who you think would represent your idea of "Users" to 
> join the working group and participate. I'm sure we'd welcome them in 
> with open arms.
> Kevin Lawver - - "Web Standards Guy"
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> Groups
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> On Jul 25, 2007, at 1:51 PM, ~:'' ありがとうございました。 wrote:
>> representation of the people
>> who represents the interests of users within the CSS working group?

David Woolley
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Received on Saturday, 28 July 2007 09:51:03 UTC