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Malarkey is Andy Clarke, a UK based designer, author and speaker who has a passion for design, CSS and web accessibility.

Andy has been working on the web for almost ten years. He is a visual web designer and author and he founded Stuff and Nonsense in 1998. Andy regularly writes about creating beautiful, accessible web sites and he speaks at events worldwide. Andy is the author of Transcending CSS: The Fine Art of Web Design, published by New Riders in 2006.

Ambition No.3 (CSS-WG)

Invited Expert to the W3C's CSS Working Group

the CSS Working Group is finally aware that it must include at least one classically trained artist and graphic designer on the team.

I am so very pleased to announce that that someone is me as of today I am joining the W3C's CSS Working Group as an Invited Expert. I hope that I can represent the real needs of designers as we move slowly towards CSS3.

Now where did I put that Advanced Layout Module? I know I lost it around here somewhere?


  1. #1 On July 26, 2006 09:07 PM Small Paul said:


    What were/are ambitions 1 and 2?

  2. #2 On July 26, 2006 09:10 PM Cole said:


  3. #3 On July 26, 2006 09:12 PM Jan Bra�na said:

    F*** man! Awesome, thumbs up! Good luck with all the work there, hopefully your voice will matter in the group to change things.

  4. #4 On July 26, 2006 09:12 PM Nate Steiner said:

    This is excellent news! Congratulations.

  5. #5 On July 26, 2006 09:16 PM Ian Fenn said:

    Hey, congratulations. Maybe the W3C isn't dead after all. :-)

  6. #6 On July 26, 2006 09:33 PM AntonyG said:

    Congratulations Andy, great news indeed!

  7. #7 On July 26, 2006 09:34 PM Andrew Disley said:


  8. #8 On July 26, 2006 09:46 PM Richard Quick said:



  9. #9 On July 26, 2006 09:55 PM Malarkey said:

    @ Small Paul: "What were/are ambitions 1 and 2?"

    Buying a 1960's Union Flag emblazoned Lamby and writing a bodice ripping romantic novel full of hot gypsies. ;)

  10. #10 On July 26, 2006 10:11 PM Rachel said:

    Congratulations!! That is great news, and a good step forward for the W3C. :0)

  11. #11 On July 26, 2006 10:59 PM Eric Meyer said:

    Congratulations, sir. And good luck.

  12. #12 On July 26, 2006 11:27 PM Sean Fraser said:

    Does this mean that you've got sway with the W3C QA Department?

  13. #13 On July 27, 2006 12:45 AM Jeremy Keith said:

    Well done, sir!

  14. #14 On July 27, 2006 12:52 AM Chris Heilmann said:

    Please, please! Nested declaration blocks!

  15. #15 On July 27, 2006 01:29 AM echo said:

    Good news, congratulations!
    Great to add more sense of humor to the W3C too!

  16. #16 On July 27, 2006 03:02 AM Dan Cederholm said:

    Fantastic, Andy. Congrats!

    - HMD

  17. #17 On July 27, 2006 05:34 AM draco said:

    Awesome. Congrats :)

  18. #18 On July 27, 2006 08:36 AM Ian Lloyd said:

    Remember the most important thing: you have to make sure that they address that really critical issues of what happens when your Internet breaks and you 'lose some CSS data'. :-D

  19. #19 On July 27, 2006 09:46 AM Robin said:

    Excellent news!

  20. #20 On July 27, 2006 09:54 AM Andrew Massey said:

    Fantastic chat!

    Add vertical alignment (like in bad old table cells) to the wish list!

  21. #21 On July 27, 2006 10:24 AM Mark Ford said:

    Top news indeed Mr Clarke!

    Well done sir, I'm sure you'll do us proud.

  22. #22 On July 27, 2006 10:37 AM Steven Tew said:

    Nice one Andy! This is good news for CSS 3.

  23. #23 On July 27, 2006 11:58 AM Scott Swabey said:

    Congrats man. The force is stong within you - use the force!

  24. #24 On July 27, 2006 02:30 PM Richard Rutter said:

    Congrats Andy - I think that's great news for everyone involved in design. Do you have any more details on your remit as an Invited Expert? Is there anything fellow Britpackers and readers can do to help or contribute?

  25. #25 On July 27, 2006 05:00 PM Andy Saxton said:

    Well done Andy, this is great news for us all.

  26. #26 On July 28, 2006 12:42 AM Matt Robin said:

    Congratulations Andy - that's excellent news for you and lots of other people too! :)

    Designers are going to need all the help they can get with CSS3....I can't think of anyone better to help them out than you.

  27. #27 On July 28, 2006 02:18 AM Malarkey said:

    Awww, thanks guys!

    It really is nice to feel appreciated and I'll do my very best and hopefully make a difference.

  28. #28 On July 28, 2006 08:40 AM Bramus! said:

    Congratz Andy! Hope you can add some value to the CSS specs, being a "W3CCSSWGIE" (or is that "W3C2S3WGIE" ? :-P)!


  29. #29 On July 28, 2006 11:53 AM Jeff L said:

    Best of luck! Please don't let us down...... ;-)

  30. #30 On July 28, 2006 11:55 AM JackP said:

    Does this mean that the my old friend the Sith specificity chart will become part of the official spec? It's a great way to understand it. It's like CSS Top Trumps.

    (CSS Top Trumps - now there's an idea!)

  31. #31 On July 28, 2006 02:33 PM Aaron Gustafson said:

    Congrats Andy.

  32. #32 On July 28, 2006 06:10 PM Tantek �elik said:

    Congrats Andy! Well deserved and looking forward to seeing your impacts on the group.

  33. #33 On July 29, 2006 01:08 PM dotjay said:

    Nice one, Andy! Congratulations. Let's hope you are heard. :)

  34. #34 On July 31, 2006 01:41 AM patrick h. lauke said:

    jammy git :)

  35. #35 On July 31, 2006 11:48 AM Alex McKee said:

    Excellent news. Give 'em hell for us!

  36. #36 On July 31, 2006 05:17 PM �ke Johansson said:

    Excellent choice! Hats off 2 U.

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