The site is written in XHTML Strict with Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Several Perl scripts were used to create the site's directory structure and do the dirty work of copying templates and includes to their proper places before we could begin to populate the site with content.

The Web Standards Project website was designed by Dean Allen. Steve Champeon is the site architect. The logo was designed by Peter Fielding. CSS layout was by Eric Costello and Todd Fahrner, with additional production by B.K. DeLong and David Eisenberg. Scripting was done by Eric and polished up by the rest of the team.

Other members of the Web Standards Project contributed the site content.

The site is served by the Apache Web server, on a handmade Pentium III/400 running Linux. More detail than that may be gathered in the usual ways. We use the Concurrent Versions System, as well as various other CVS clients, to allow the geographically disparate members of the group to edit and manage the site.

Note that there is only one version of the site; there are no fancy backend tricks that deliver one site to one browser, and another site to another browser. What you get is what everyone gets. It's up to your browser to decide what to do with it, which is the way that the Web is supposed to work.

You may notice that many of the pages on this site do not use the "http-equiv" meta tag hack to set the content type to be associated with the content. This is because our server already sends back the appropriate content-type in the HTTP headers, and as a result, it is unnecessary and redundant to set it explicitly in the HTML markup itself. That some editors do so automatically is a sign of their brokenness and the brokenness of older Web servers and configurations, and is generally regarded as a pretty lame kludge. More information about charset declarations in HTML may be found here.

You may see the original version of this website (1998-2001) at

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