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Blue Beanie Day toque by Kevin Cornell

Happy Blue Beanie Day 2013! What’s that you say? You’ve no blue beanie of your very own? You’ve got the otherwise perfect photo to show your support for Blue Beanie Day and web standards, but (alas!) no blue headgear? Not to worry!

Open Photoshop or your other favorite image editing software and crown your cranium with a virtual blue beanie hand crafted by A List Apart illustrator (and our favorite visual genius) Kevin Cornell. Download the zipped Photoshop file here (45KB PSD). Also suitable for pasting atop those illustrated avatars the kids use on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, etc.

Once you’ve perfected your pic, you can share it on this very website— then upload it to Instagram (avec hashtag #bbd13), and then post it to this year’s Blue Beanie Day photo group on Flickr.

And remember: Blue Beanie Day comes but once a year, but web standards will make you every day.

In other news:

A Blue Beanie Day Haiku

Do not tell me I
Am source of your browser woes.
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Test The Web Forward

The web standards we celebrate on Blue Beanie Day make possible a magnificent and powerful web of sites and services that are accessible to all people and devices. But this can only happen when browser makers and standards framers get all the details right. A new effort by the W3C and some of its member companies will help.

"Web applications built today need a robust and interoperable Web that only thorough browser testing can guarantee. To meet this new challenge, W3C is launching an unprecedented effort to rethink and scale up its testing offering." So says the W3C on its new Test The Web Forward site.

And while prior efforts to centralize such activities have failed or disappointed because of insufficient resources, the W3C and its partner companies are serious this time, and they have a plan. W3C testing lead Tobie Langel shares in more detail what we can expect from the platform.

Blue Beanie Day Comes But Once A Year

"Blue Beanie Day … is about we. We, the people who make websites. We who value the open web. Who believe the web is a medium capable of sharing every human experience. And who work hard each day to make great web content and great web experiences accessible to all.”—A List Apart: Blue Beanie Day Comes But Once A Year.

The other #bbd.

Old Gold: Understanding Progressive Enhancement

by AARON GUSTAFSON · Issue 269 · October 07, 2008

Steven Champeon turned web development upside down, and created an instant best practice of standards-based design, when he introduced the notion of designing for content and experience instead of browsers. In part one of a series, ALA’s Gustafson refreshes us on the principles of progressive enhancement. Upcoming installments will translate the philosophy into sophisticated, future-focused design and code.

Understanding Progressive Enhancement


Opera has created the Web Standards Curriculum (WSC) in association with the Yahoo! Developer Network. This tutorial course takes students from complete beginner to having a solid grounding in standards-based Web design, including HTML, CSS, and JavaScript development. The course is supported by top companies and organizations such as the Web Standards Project (WaSP) and Yahoo!.

Split into more than 50 focused articles, students can follow the curriculum from start to finish or simply read articles that interest them the most. Each article contains essential theory, practical examples, and exercise questions.

Why should you incorporate the Opera WSC into your curriculum? Web standards in a Web site promote efficiency, ease of maintenance, accessibility, device compatibility, and search optimization. The Opera WSC features the most up-to-date practices in Web standards. Best of all, the course is free, requiring no expensive textbooks.

Read more about the Web Standards Curriculum, and review its table of contents.