Philadelphia Standards Meetup
Last night was the first monthly meeting of The (reinstituted) Philadelphia Standards Organization. The group was originally organized on Meetup.com, but nearly disbanded once Meetup started charging monthly fees. Friend and ex-coworker Jeff Louella picked up the torch and decided to keep it alive.
Philadelphia companies are way behind when it comes to web standards, as evidenced by this scorecard, and those are just the agencies. Let us not forget all of the in-house design departments. Also, Philadelphia and surrounding areas are overrun with giant pharmaceutical companies, the very people making products for people with disabilities, who turn a blind eye to their customers’ needs online.
Enough soapboxing for now though, as you can see, there is work to be done here. As excited as I was to get together and talk about standards, I was even more excited to meet some people from the local community; something I’ve been meaning to do for some time now.
The first meeting’s attendance was modest, which is ok since it was mostly a meet-and-greet. Next up, the group will start a new site, plan a few learning seminars (some with guest speakers), and see if we can’t make a dent in this town.
If you are in the area, sign up for the Philadelphia Standards Organization group on Meetup.com. Events are held the first thursday of every month.