HTML Writers Guild Member Newsletter
Volume 4 Number 4
Table of Contents:
- April is Accessibility Month
- AGI Project: Updating Your Site for Universal
- T-Shirts Are Here!
- Introducing the Requests For Proposals Program
- Upgrade Your Membership Today
- Governing Board and Officer Updates
- Volunteer Opportunities in the Guild
- New List: HWG-Announce
- Frequently Asked Questions about the HWG-News
(Kynn Bartlett, Governing Board Member, site contacts)
The entire month of April, 1998, has been designated
"Accessibility Month" at the HTML Writers Guild. The purpose
of this special month-long event is to highlight the value
and importance of designing all web sites with complete
accessibility in mind -- meaning, the pages you write should
be equally useable in the latest versions of major browsers
as in a voice-reader for the blind, or anyone else with a
non-"standard" means of accessing the web.
One primary focus of Accessibility Month at the HWG will be on
the World Wide Web Consortium's guidelines for page authors,
developed by the W3C's Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). This
set of recommendations provides web designers with valuable rules
to keep in mind when designing a page with accessibility in
mind. The WAI guidelines can be found at:
Throughout the month of April, we'll be planning special
events and projects tying into the Accessibility theme,
- Announcement of the special month-long focus on accessibility
on the Guild's monthly newsletter, and the HWG homepage
- Interactive member chats on accessibility-related topics, with
recognized authorities in the field as guest speakers and
panelists (schedule to be announced soon)
- A complete retrofitting of the Guild's web site to ensure that
the HWG complies with recognized accessibility standards
- The creation of a special Accessibility Guidelines Implementation
project, as members of the Guild tackle the issue head-on while
crafting accessible web sites (more details below)
The overall goal of Accessibility Month is to create a greater
awareness, both within and outside of the Guild, of the need
for and importance of accessibility considerations in web
design. Questions regarding Accessibility Month can be directed
to Kynn Bartlett, site contacts.
(Kynn Bartlett & Fred Barnett, AGI Project Contacts, email@example.com)
The Accessibility Guidelines Implementation (AGI) project is
designed as a way of "beta testing" -- in actual use on the
lines" of web design -- the WAI page author recommendations from
Any member of the HTML Writers Guild is welcome to participate in
the AGI project, by signing up via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
and stating a desire to implement the page author guidelines on
a new or existing web site.
Web sites that take place in the AGI project will be linked to
from the HWG's web site, as examples of effective web design
that account for accessibility concerns.
Participants in the project will be assisted in developing a
comprehensive plan for designing a new site, or retrofitting an
existing one, with universal accessibility as a goal. Each
AGI participant will complete several short questionnaires
about the W3C's accessibility guidelines at various phases in
the project, giving valuable feedback on the recommendations.
Site critiques will also be available to AGI project members.
Complete details on the AGI project can be found on the Guild's
(Ann Navarro, Treasurer, site contacts)
You've asked for 'em -- we've got 'em: official Guild t-shirts!
Display your Guild colors with these distinctive tees printed in
full color on high-quality white cotton. Each t-shirt features
the world-famous HTML Writers Guild logo on the front; you, too,
can look like a web page!
These shirts debuted at Spring Internet World '98 in Los
Angeles and were a big hit; now we're making them available as
fundraiser for only $24 (shipping and handling included) within
the U.S. or Canada, $28 overseas. Available in XL and XXL
A copy of the order form is available at:
(Matthew Wickline, RFP Manager, email@example.com)
The Guild's Jobs and Contracts Area is pleased to introduce
the first of four new services. The RFP Service is proudly
dedicated to the memory of J. Coquette Owen:
The Jobs and Contracts Area extends the Guild's tradition
of providing means for members to help other members:
Companies or individuals who need ideas translated into
results or members who wish to sub-contract portions of larger
projects may post Requests for Proposals (RFPs) through a
web-based interface. These RFPs will be distributed through
e-mail to interested parties and entered into a database of
RFPs searchable via the web.
For more information, please review the RFP Service's
extensive documentation and user-support pages. In these
pages we have attempted to anticipate your needs, but should
we have over-looked anything, or if you wish to share a note
of appreciation, you may contact us at:
The documentation and user-support pages are linked from:
Posting an RFP can be done by all membership levels. If you
are not a Plus or Value member, use the 'Guest Login' feature to
post your RFP. Viewing and responding to RFPs can only be done
by Plus and Associate members of the Guild.
If you could benefit from this service, or are currently benefiting
from other Guild Services, I encourage you to show your financial
support for the Guild's mission by becoming a paid member. (See
article 5, below.)
Like other Guild services, this service is operated by an
entirely volunteer staff, and was developed entirely by
volunteers. If you would like to join the Jobs and Contracts
Area, we are currently seeking volunteers in two areas.
For more information, please see
For additional volunteering opportunities, please see
I would like to thank the many volunteers who put in long
hours of hard work to make this Service possible, and those
who continue to dedicate time and energy to keep the RFP
Service a reality. Thanks so much everyone! Keep up the
great work! :) I'd also like to thank all of our loved ones
for putting up with those long hours!
(Kynn Bartlett, Governing Board Member, site contacts)
The Guild provides three levels of membership -- Basic, Value, and
Plus. Basic membership is free, Value is $20 (U.S.) per year, and
Plus dues are $35 (U.S.) annually. With your Basic membership, you
get access to a number of Guild resources and services, including our
popular logo program to identify yourself as a member of the Guild,
and the content-rich discussion mailings we offer.
So why would you want to upgrade your membership and become a dues-
paying member of the Guild? One simple reason stands out above
the rest -- because you want to show your support for the Guild and
your gratitude for the things you've learned, or will learn. Joining
the Guild as a Value or Plus member lets you make a contribution
to operation of the HTML Writers Guild -- and your dues are tax
deductible as a non-profit donation. (Check with your tax authority
Becoming a paid member is a great way to recognize the value in
the Guild, and help us to expand our activities and projects. A
book on HTML can cost between $20 and $35 -- have you gotten that
much value from the Guild yet? (If not -- try some of our FAQs
and resources links on the website, or join a mailing list or
As an added bonus of paying dues, Value and Plus members are
given access to additional Guild projects -- including the
Mentor/Apprentice program at the Value (or higher) level. The
RFP program and Plus lists are only open to Guild members at
the Plus level.
If you would like to become a paid member of the Guild, it's
simple, and you can pay online via a secure transaction; use
the following URL to edit the details of your membership:
Support the Guild -- become a Plus or Value member today!
(Joe Cline, President, site contacts)
The Governing Board currently consists of:
We are looking to fill several vacant positions on the Board.
If you are interested, please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org
that includes your resume (text version please, no attachments)
and a vision statement of how you see the Guild and your role
Board members should have the following qualities:
- Familiarity with the way the Guild is managed
- Member of the HWG for at least one year
- Any of the following desired types of experience:
- Marketing/Public Relations
- Non-profit Organizations
- Virtual (Internet) Organizations
As part of the Board, you will be expected to:
- Serve a term of up to three years on the Governing Board
- Invest a minimum of 10 hours per week in Board-related
activities, and possibly more if asked to serve as an
officer on the Executive Committee
- Contribute to setting the direction of the Guild through
participation on the Governing Board's private discussion
list, and effectively articulate your vision for the HWG
- Reach decisions based on the best interests of the HWG
Inc. corporation as a whole, in cooperation with other
members of the Board
- Be willing to travel (if necessary) on behalf of the Guild
Being on the Governing Board is a major responsibility and
commitment, but it can also be very rewarding to shape the
future of this organization. If you have any questions, feel
free to direct them to email@example.com.
The Guild is entirely volunteer-run; as such, that means there are
many opportunities for active members to become involved and help
contribute back some of what you may have gained from your Guild
membership! Volunteering with the Guild is also a great way to
gain valuable experience, learn new skills, and make friends.
Some of the open positions with the Guild include:
POSITION: List Guides (Contact: Recruiting
This job entails reading the assigned mailing list,
participating as a list member, keeping an eye out for
netiquette and rule violations, and assisting on the list
and in private wherever possible. This job is worked in
shifts, averaging 2 "shifts" per week, so connection
the net 2 days per week is a must. This position will require
approximately 7-10 hours per week, and will require
undergoing a short training period. In addition to having
experience in the area of your list choice, applicants
should be flame-resistant and have good judgment and
understanding of the netiquette guidelines. Note that a
suspension from the lists in the last 3 months disqualifies
you from this position. A good history of helpful posts to
the lists is a plus.
An introduction to the program and what we do can be found at:
Information for applying (information required by the
recruiting committee, items considered in evaluating
applications, etc.) can be found at:
POSITION: List Owner (Contact: Aaron Choate, List
Owner Manager, site contacts)
This job entails reading the list-owner email for the
assigned mailing list, removing problem email addresses,
and helping members subscribe and remove themselves from
hwg lists. This position will require approximately 7-10
hours per week (actual time commitment will vary with
the number of addresses subscribed to the list and the mail
load for that list), and will include training in basic
majordomo list maintenance if necessary. This position
requires that you check your email daily and for the more
active lists will require that you can handle large amounts of
email. Experience with filters and internet email is
POSITION: Bookstore Manager (Contact: Ann Navarro,
Treasurer, site contacts)
The Guild is seeking a volunteer to manage our future
online Guild bookstore. This position currently reports
to the Treasurer but may be subject to later reassignment
under Business Services.
Will participate in:
- Locating books appropriate for a high-quality web-related online
- Convert article-length reviews of books into appropriate store HTML
- Creation and maintenance of a distinctive and attractive graphical
style for the HWG bookstore website
- Assist with special events (author interviews, feature of the month
- Production and review of retailer affiliate statements
- Other duties as assigned.
- Familiarity with spreadsheets and other business software
- Well-organized and reliable with steady net access
- Must be able to produce valid 4.0 (transitional) HTML
- Familiarity with accessibility issues
- 5-10 hours per week of time.
Interested? Volunteer by writing to site contacts, and include a text resume.
(No attachments please.)
(Kynn Bartlett, Governing Board Member, site contacts)
The Guild has created a new one-way mailing list, HWG-Announce, for
distribution of official HWG announcements and notices. Unlike the
HWG-News mailing list, HWG-Announce is optional, and open to anyone
with an interest in the day-to-day business of the Guild. Starting
with the next issue of HWG-News, the newsletter will no longer carry
most requests for volunteers, as these will be posted to the
HWG-Announce list instead.
Pending motions, meetings, agendas, requests for member comment, and
new services will be announced on HWG-Announce as the information
is available, and will be summarized in the monthly HWG-News
newsletter -- so you hear it first on HWG-Announce.
For information, including how to subscribe, please see:
(Kynn Bartlett, HWG-News Newsletter Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Some questions you may be asking:
Q: Why did I get this mail?
A: You received this newsletter because you are a member of the
HTML Writers Guild. This message came from hwg-news, the Guild's
mandatory mailing list for all members. If you need more information
about hwg-news, please see the List Charter at:
Q: Why doesn't this newsletter talk about web design or HTML?
A: The newsletter is the Guild's administrative bulletin to the
membership. If you are interested in the topics of Web design
and HTML, then you might want to subscribe to some of our
discussion lists devoted to those topics. More information on
the Guild's offering of discussion lists can be found at:
Q: How can I find out more about Guild activities?
A: The Guild has set up a one-way announcement list, HWG-Announce,
that carries bulletins of day-to-day Guild business. For details
on how to subscribe, please see:
Q: How do I unsubscribe from hwg-news?
A: Since this is a required list in order to maintain your
Guild membership, unsubscribing is the same as resigning from
the HTML Writers Guild.
If you have your Member ID and password, to resign your membership
in the Guild and to unsubscribe to hwg-news, visit:
Fill in the pertinent information, and submit it.
If you don't have a Member ID, or have forgotten your password, send
with a Subject of: Resign membership
In the body of the message, provide the following information:
- Your email address(es)
- Your member ID if you have one.
- The list of discussion lists you are on.
Please remember that unsubscribing to hwg-news automatically resigns
you from the Guild. If you have problems with unsubscribing,
please contact the Database Manager (site contacts) for help.
Q: What if I want to comment on this newsletter?
A: The HWG-News Mailing List is a "Read-Only" list --
please do not try
to reply to this message directly.
If you wish to contact the editor of this newsletter, you may do
so by sending email to email@example.com. Each article begins
with the contact information for the author as well.
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