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W3C Validator Donation and Sponsorship Campaign

From: olivier Thereaux <ot@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2008 19:30:15 -0500
Message-Id: <7945AA18-2EEB-4F56-9AFC-9B7CACC0D829@w3.org>
To: css-validator Validator ML <www-validator-css@w3.org>, "public-qa-dev@w3.org list" <public-qa-dev@w3.org>, www-validator Community <www-validator@w3.org>

Dear all,

As some of you will have noticed through W3C news, through blogs and  
community buzz, we have just launched a campaign of donation and  
sponsorship designed to give the Web communicabilityty a chance to  
show their support for the validators, and to give the validators a  
chance to grow into better, more usable, more mature tools.


As members of the validators community, you will know better than  
anyone else that these tools need a lot of energy and care to benefit  
to the millions that check their web content daily: indeed, many of  
you spend a lot of time helping others, providing code, bug reports,  
test cases, contributing translations or ideas. This is a beautiful  
community work and you deserve immense praise for it. Many of you also  
know that some improvements don't happen as fast as they could. New  
ideas fall into "someday piles". Bugs sometimes take a while to get  

We believe we can do better. We believe that the validators can be  
made even more reliable, more efficient, more flexible. We believe  
that they can be made more usable, even by those who are still  
learning the web, even by those who don't speak English.

The donation program, which will be used exclusively to fund the  
validators and related open source projects, will allow us to provide  
each project with a developer lead to code and support open source  
contributors more diligently, to work with designers and user  
experience experts, to push for new features, etc.

Please see this post for more info about the donation campaign:

and lend a hand in making the campaign a success, and building the  
future of the validators:

* donate!

* Tell the world, write about the campaign on your blog or in the web  
communities you are part of. Tell them to donate, remind them that  
they can get involved in many ways

* tell your colleagues and management about the opportunities of the  
sponsorship program

Thanks for your support,
olivier Thereaux - W3C - http://www.w3.org/People/olivier
W3C Open Source Software : http://www.w3.org/Status
Received on Tuesday, 16 December 2008 00:40:33 UTC

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