Eric Meyer – The Emerging Craftsman

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Ask ten web professionals to define their positions and you will hear ten different answers (and probably ten different job titles). As a field that grew out of the collective efforts of millions, a formal description of the “web professional” has never solidified. However, there are certain characteristics that professionals in the field share.

What are the hallmarks of a true web professional? How can we (as individuals and as a community) develop these important, shared strengths? How do we work to influence the use of best practices amongst our colleagues, administrators, and people just entering the field?

Drawing on nearly a decade and a half of experience in the field, Eric will sketch the emerging outlines of the web professional, and how the underlying principles of the web standards movement, as well as the technical design of the web itself, provide a frame for that outline.

Eric Meyer has been working with the web since late 1993 and is an internationally recognized expert on the subjects of HTML, CSS, and Web standards. A widely read author, he is the founder of Complex Spiral Consulting, which counts among its clients America On-Line; Apple Computer, Inc.; Wells Fargo Bank; and Macromedia, who described Eric as “a critical partner in our efforts to transform Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 into a revolutionary tool for CSS-based design.”

Beginning in early 1994, Eric was the visual designer and campus Web coordinator for the Case Western Reserve University Web site, where he also authored a widely acclaimed series of three HTML tutorials and was project coordinator for the online version of the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History combined with the Dictionary of Cleveland Biography, the first example of an encyclopedia of urban history being fully and freely published on the Web.

Author of Eric Meyer on CSS and More Eric Meyer on CSS (New Riders), Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide (O’Reilly & Associates), and CSS2.0 Programmer’s Reference (Osborne/McGraw-Hill) as well as numerous articles for the O’Reilly Network, Web Techniques, and Web Review, Eric also created the CSS Browser Compatibility Charts and coordinated the authoring and creation of the W3C’s official CSS Test Suite. He has lectured to a wide variety of organizations including Los Alamos National Laboratory, the New York Public Library, Cornell University, and the University of Northern Iowa. Eric has also delivered addresses and technical presentations at numerous conferences, among them the IW3C2 WWW series, Web Design World, CMP, SXSW, the User Interface conference series, and The Other Dreamweaver Conference.

In his personal time, Eric acts as List Chaperone of the highly active css-discuss mailing list, which he co-founded with John Allsopp of Western Civilisation and is now supported by evolt.org. Eric lives in Cleveland, Ohio, which is a much nicer city than you’ve been led to believe, and for nine years was the host of “Your Father’s Oldsmobile,” a Big Band-era radio show heard weekly on WRUW 91.1-FM in Cleveland.

You can find more detailed information on Eric’s personal Web page.

Amy Kristin Sanders – Internet Law & Liability

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Like new communications technologies in the past, the Internet and World Wide Web have resulted in new ways of creating and interpreting laws. And just like print technology resulted in the creation of copyright law, Internet technology is now challenging these traditional notions of copyright….and may very well result in a new paradigm of what defines intellectual property and its protection.

Toss in issues about First Amendment freedom of speech and press protections, privacy issues, and thorny technical issues like accessibility, and there is now a broad landscape of Internet law that is being reshaped and reinterpreted by our nation’s courts.

How do Internet law issues shape the way that Web Professionals do their work? Are there issues of liability that should concern us? What are the top Internet law issues that affect our emerging profession, and how should we be paying attention and reacting to them?

Amy Kristin Sanders joined the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication‘s faculty in Fall 2007 after completing her PhD in Mass Communication with an emphasis in First Amendment law. Her research focuses on Internet defamation, indecency regulation and media ownership issues. She also holds a JD and an MA in professional journalism from the University of Iowa. Dr. Sanders is a licensed attorney in Missouri and Florida. She worked as a copy editor and page designer for The Gainesville Sun in Florida, where her work helped the newspaper win a second place award for front page design (2007 SPJ Sunshine State Awards). She currently teaches Mass Communication Law and Law of Internet Communication at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication.