Ok everyone. If you are ready to enter the high-falootin’ lifestyle of the standards-based web developer, let me know. I know a few places in California looking for qualified programmers.
Filling the Vacuum
Other standardistas have been talking about the new web professionals, those who know how to create valid, accessible web sites. And those who are no longer true pros (who still use tables and invalid markup). What they are not discussing is the vacuum being left behind by the early-adopters. Let’s take me for example, as I always do enjoy the subject.
The Ted Factor
I have created a number of site conversions over the past 2 years. I’ve also moved up and up from job to job. I’d finish a conversion, move to the next, finish that, move to the next, etc… But who ends up maintaining these sites? That is the problem some companies are facing today. You hire someone that builds a standards-based web site and then gets tapped on the shoulder by a bigger company. Now the smaller company needs to hire someone that can work with this new creature.
I got an email today from a former employer. They need someone in San Diego who is ready to work. Sundance Kid and I made huge changes to their sites and now they need someone that knows how to continue the work without us. Another former employer has been searching for a web developer for over a year. What do they do? Hire a table hacker that will revert the pages back to tag soup?
Witness the Disney store makeover in Europe. They went from an accessible, standards-based design to a crappy mess. Why? Possibly it was due to lack of understanding. Perhaps they had nobody that could extend it and they felt more comfortable with the old cut-up images.
Education, Education, Education, Education…
As standards-based web developers, we need to educate others. Take someone under your wing and show them how to use CSS, DOM, or what it means to validate. Don’t hold it in. Be kind to your fellow workers and employers. If they are not recognizing your abilities, look around. Jobs are out there!
So, this post has rambled enough. If you are a standards-based developer. Leave a comment, I’ll respond with information on who to contact. Heck, leave a small resume and perhaps someone else will see this and contact you as well. The jobs I know of are in Southern California, but I do have certain connections to a very large company in Silicon Valley that is looking for quality developers.