Guild of Accessible Web Designers Now Open
The Guild of Accessible Web Designers’ purpose is to create a selective community of developers adhering to current web standards. They are now accepting member applications.
Recently, GAWDS.org (Guild of Accessible Web Designers) soft launched their website and officially opened their doors to new membership. The organization’s purpose is to create a selective community of developers adhering to current web standards. From the site’s homepage:
The Guild of Accessible Web Designers will promote a vision of the future that assumes accessible web design to be, relevant, obtainable, and not at odds with successful business practice, or good visual and usable design.
Membership to GAWDS is not automatic. After submitting a form on the website, the applicant is manually reviewed, and must indicate current examples of standards adherence, a future plan to do so, or contributions to the development community. By reviewing would-be members on a per-case basis, membership creates a minor seal of quality that designers can leverage in selling their services. Besides this, the site will provide a forum for discussion and learning, and hopefully provide an avenue of generating business. All in all, an excellent resource.
In a small act of irony, the launch of GAWDS’s website is accompanied by an open competition for the site’s redesign, whose current incarnation badly needs some form of graphic treatment. The “official” launch of GAWD will be in early 2004.