HTML Writers Guild Member Newsletter
March 1998

Volume 4 Number 3


  1. Meet the Guild at Spring Internet World in Los Angeles!
  2. HWG Joins the World Wide Web Consortium
  3. Guild Officers and Election Results
  4. Request for Proposals Program Goes Live March 9
  5. Gearing Up for Online Classes!
  6. Upgrade Your Membership Online -- Now Easier than Ever!
  7. Volunteer Opportunities in the HWG
  8. Newsletter Administrative Notes

1. Meet the Guild at Spring Internet World in Los Angeles!

(Ann Navarro, Treasurer, site contacts)

Attending Spring Internet World next week in Los Angeles, or just happen to live in the area? Come on down and meet the Guild!

Date: Thursday evening, March 12, 1998
Time: 6:00 pm
Where: The Westin Bonaventure Hotel
404 S. Figueroa, Los Angeles, IW Headquarters hotel
The "Beaudry A" meeting room (main hotel tower)
Who: HWG President Joe Cline, Treasurer Ann Navarro, GB member
Kynn Bartlett, and you!

Come and win! Macromedia has graciously donated a copy of their new Dreamweaver product for us to give away at the event. You must be present at the meeting to win!

This event will be an informal get together: an opportunity for Guild members to meet three of their Governing Board members, to ask questions about the Guild, discuss Net happenings or anything else! We will have access with projection viewing to enhance any web related discussions.

If you have any questions about the event, please feel free to email site contacts.

The latest details will be posted to the Guild's IW web page, at:

See you there!

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2. HWG Joins the World Wide Web Consortium

(Kynn Bartlett, Governing Board Member, site contacts)

I'm proud to announce that the HTML Writers Guild has become the first organization of web designers to join the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Membership in the W3C gives the Guild a voice in the international web community, including the standards processes, and a chance to work with the true leaders in the web industry.

Benefits to the Guild include a seat on the W3C Advisory Committee; the ability to provide strategic direction to the Consortium; participation in working groups, workshops, and symposia; access to the W3C resources and website by Guild staff. These benefits are coordinated by our Advisory Council representative; Ann Navarro has been appointed to that position.

Further information about the Guild's membership in the W3C, including how "Plus" members can join the new hwg-plus-w3c mailing list, can be found on the Guild's website at:

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3. Guild Officers and Election Results

(Kynn Bartlett, Governing Board Member, site contacts)

The following Governing Board members have been elected by the Board to serve as officers of the HTML Writers Guild:

President: Joe Cline site contacts
Secretary: Charlotte
Treasurer: Ann Navarro site contacts

Vice Presidents:
Business Svcs Joe Cline site contacts
Admin Svcs Gerald Oskoboiny
Educational Svcs Charlotte
Member Svcs Tammy Scroggs

Members-At-Large: Fred Barnett
Kynn Bartlett site contacts
Jim Barchuk
Steve Cherrier
Mike McGhan

After the 1998 Governing Board election, Fred Barnett was appointed to one of the vacant slots on the Board, and Gerald Oskoboiny was re-appointed; both will serve 3 year terms until September 2002.

Complete election results can be found at:

Special thanks to all the candidates, the Nomination Committee, Rich Bowen, and the members who cast votes!

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4. Request for Proposals Program Goes Live March 9

(Kynn Bartlett, Governing Board Member, site contacts)

The Guild's long-awaited Request for Proposals service is scheduled to be launched the week of March 9, 1998, as the first of our Jobs/Contracts programs for our Plus members!

Guild members at the Plus (or Associate) level of membership can access the RFP program and mailing list, and post and read RFPs for contractual or freelance projects. (Future services in the Jobs/Contracts program will provide for resume posting and help wanted advertisements.)

More information on the RFP program can be had by writing to the RFP manager at, or by accessing the following web page:

The Request For Proposals program is dedicated to the memory of J. Coquette Owen, HWG Volunteer.

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5. Gearing Up for Online Classes!

(Matthew Miller, Online Classes Manager,

As you may have heard, the Online Classes program is getting off the ground (wild cheers in the background)! We need volunteers right now, so if you've been waiting for the perfect moment to donate your skill and time to the Guild, the time is here.

We are putting together a small program to begin with - 3 classes of 20 students - but plan to build to a full slate of 10 classes per 8 week term. Right now we're working on getting the CGI system running, recruiting instructors, and generally working out the details.

You can get an idea of what we have planned at our new classes page:

If you have organizational experience in administration of similar programs, or CGI programming experience, or education experience, or just want to help any way you can, please contact Matthew Miller

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6. Upgrade Your Membership Online -- Now Easier than Ever!

(Kynn Bartlett, Governing Board Member, site contacts)

Guild membership is free -- and what a bargain at that price! If you would like to support the Guild's activities and help ensure that we're able to continue to bring you mailing lists, website resources, services like the Mentor/Apprentice and RFP program, and planned projects such as Online Classes, you'll want to join the Guild as a Plus or Value member. And becoming a dues-paying member just got easier!

Plus members can participate in all of the Guild's programs and services, such as the Request for Proposals service or the new W3C plus-list, at the low rate of $35 US per year. Value membership is an even better bargain, supporting the HWG and giving access to the Mentor/Apprentice and other educational programs for only $20 US per year.

And now you can sign up and pay your dues electronically via secure server, thanks to The Processing Network's donation of services, and the hard work of our own Ann Navarro and Mike McGhan.

Support the HWG -- become a dues-paying member today!

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7. Volunteer Opportunities in the HWG

The Guild is entirely volunteer-run; as such, that means there are many opportunities for active members to become involved and help contribute back some of what you may have gained from your Guild membership! Volunteering with the Guild is also a great way to gain experience, learn new skills, and make friends.

Some of the open positions with the Guild include:

Grant Researcher

(Contact: Ann Navarro, Treasurer, site contacts)

The Guild is looking for a volunteer to fill the position of "Grant Researcher." This individual will report to the Guild Treasurer.

Job duties will include:

  • Conduct research to find grant opportunities that the Guild would be eligible for as a 501(c)3 organization from private and public sources.
  • Assist the Treasurer in completing the required application materials for those grants.
  • Follow up and interface with granting entities as requested by the Treasurer/GB.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Complete details are available upon request by sending email to Interested parties should forward a letter of interest and a resume (text in email please, no attachments), to site contacts

List Guides

(Contact: Recruiting Committee,

This job entails reading the assigned mailing list, participating as a list member, keeping an eye out for netiquette and rule violations, and assisting on the list and in private wherever possible. This job is worked in shifts, averaging 2 "shifts" per week, so connection to the net 2 days per week is a must. This position will require approximately 7-10 hours per week, and will require undergoing a short training period. In addition to having experience in the area of your list choice, applicants should be flame-resistant and have good judgment and understanding of the netiquette guidelines. Note that a suspension from the lists in the last 3 months disqualifies you from this position. A good history of helpful posts to the lists is a plus.

An introduction to the program and what we do can be found at:

http://www.hwg. org/lists/intro.html

Information for applying (information required by the recruiting committee, items considered in evaluating applications, etc.) can be found at:

http://www.hwg. org/lists/application.html

List Owner

(Contact: Aaron Choate, List Owner Manager, site contacts)

This job entails reading the list-owner email for the assigned mailing list, removing problem email addresses, and helping members subscribe and remove themselves from hwg lists. This position will require approximately 7-10 hours per week (actual time commitment will vary with the number of addresses subscribed to the list and the mail load for that list), and will include training in basic majordomo list maintenance if necessary. This position requires that you check your email daily and for the more active lists will require that you can handle large amounts of email. Experience with filters and internet email is suggested.

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8. Newsletter Administrative Notes

Some questions you may be asking:

Q: Why did I get this mail?

A: You received this newsletter because you are a member of the HTML Writers Guild. This message came from hwg-news, the Guild's mandatory mailing list for all members. If you need more information about hwg-news, please see the List Charter at:

Q: How do I unsubscribe?

A: Since this is a required list in order to maintain your Guild membership, unsubscribing is the same as resigning from the HTML Writers Guild.

If you have your Member ID and password, to resign your membership in the Guild and to unsubscribe to hwg-news, visit:

Fill in the pertinent information, and submit it.

If you don't have a Member ID, or have forgotten your password, send mail to:

site contacts

with a Subject of: Resign membership

In the body of the message, provide the following information:

  • Your email address(es)
  • Your member ID if you have one.
  • The list of discussion lists you are on.

Please remember that unsubscribing to hwg-news automatically resigns you from the Guild. If you have problems with unsubscribing, please contact the Database Manager (site contacts) for help.

Q: What if I want to comment on this newsletter?

A: The HWG-News Mailing List is a "Read-Only" list -- please do not try to reply to this message directly.

If you wish to contact the editor of this newsletter, you may do so by sending email to Each article begins with the contact information for the author as well.

This issue was edited by Kynn Bartlett site contacts.

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HTML markup by Jef Wilson.

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