In my recent post describing how I got into web development I wrote that I’m in the verge of some big changes in my life. The main one of them starts tomorrow. As of tomorrow, the above will be my professional email. Yes, you guessed it right; I’m joining the W3C team! Yes, the same W3C you all know and love 🙂 I decided to title this blog post with it, as I like how a 10 letter string manages to neatly summarize so much.

Working at W3C had been a dream of mine ever since I learned what a web standard is. As you probably know if you’ve been following my work, I’m a strong believer in open web standards. Even though proprietary technology might offer some short term benefits, in the long run only open standards can allow the Web to reach its full potential.

I’d like to especially thank the two people below (in chronological order). If it wasn’t for them, this dream would have never materialized:

  • Oli Studholme: I still remember our IRC conversation back in January. I was telling him how much I’d love to work for W3C, but “I’m not that good”. He repeatedly encouraged me to contact W3C and express my interest, despite my strong reluctance to do so. “Don’t be like the 15 year old boy that is too shy to ask the girl out” was the argument that finally convinced me. He even asked around to find which person I should contact.
  • Doug Schepers: If it wasn’t for Doug’s heroic efforts, this would have never happened. He believed in me from the start and did everything he could to for this to go through. He spent an incredible amount of time trying to help me, although I repeatedly bombarded him with a cornucopia of silly questions. 🙂 Over the course of these 6 months, he didn’t just become a colleague, but also a friend.
Thank you both. I’m deeply grateful.

I will be part of the W3C developer relations and web education efforts, working a lot with Doug (aka @shepazu). In practice, this means:

  • Help developers understand where standards are headed, and solicit early feedback on upcoming features.
  • Help Working Groups understand what developers need.
  • Help plan W3C developer events, including conferences
  • Speaking about open web technologies at conferences and other events
  • Writing articles and documentation about open web technologies
  • Making demos and tools that demonstrate and help authors understand web standards

In addition, I will be helping with the design of many W3C-related things, as I will be the only designer at W3C.

As you can see I’ll be wearing many hats, which is exactly what I love about this role! I had many tempting offers from big US companies that offered salaries with more digits and a lot of perks. However, my heart wanted W3C and this role was practically tailored to my talents and interests.

I’m honored to be a part of W3C and I’m looking forward to helping out.

<voice type=”fangirl”>I have to admit I’m also really looking forward to meeting Sir Tim Berners-Lee in person! :D</voice>


  • Congrats!

    • PeterNL

      happy times! i personally hope you are able to continue your present blog with this new challenge.

  • congratulations

  • Louis Simoneau

    Congrats! Great to hear this, and best of luck in your new role.

  • Woot! Congratulations, Lea! It couldn’t happen to a better member of the web development community. 🙂

  • Congrats, Lea!

  • Anonymous

    “…in the long run only open standards can allow the Web to reach its full potential.” The internet just got lucky. @LeaVerou now with W3C.

  • congratulations Lea!

  • Congratulations, you greatly deserve it. Thanks for all the great knowledge you’ve shared.

  • Congrats Lea!!! You deserve it 😀

  • Matt Stone

    Congratulations Lea! Well deserved.

  • Congratulations. That is the perfect job for you.

  • Congrats!

  • Congrats!

  • Congratulations Lea. I’m sure you’ll fit W3C perfectly. Well deserved.

  • Congrats and
    I wish you the best of luck! 🙂

  • Congratz Lea, well deserved. Happy for you!

  • Oleksandr Polishchuk

    Congrats, Lea!

  • Congratulation, Lea!
    You’re my hero(ine). 😀

  • geopal

    Μπράβο σου! Συγχαρητήρια! Είναι προφανές πως το άξιζες νομίζω. Παρόλο
    που σε γνωρίζω μόνο μέσα απο την δουλειά σου, μπορώ να πω πως
    συγκινήθηκα. Ελπίζω να χάρηκαν πολύ και οι δικοί σου. Συγχαρητήρια!

  • ju


  • Federico Giovagnoli

    A great acquisition for the W3C, congrats 🙂

  • congrats!

  • Kudos!

  • Niloy Mondal

    Congratz, damn I am so jealous!

  • Woot !
    Congratulations Lea !

  • Congratulations! 🙂

  • noekidotcom

    Congratulations & best wishes for you!!

  • Anonymous

    Congrats Lea, well happy for you and wish you all the best

  • Nice one Lea, well deserved for all the work you’ve done. Good luck with it!

  • Wow! Congrats 🙂

  • Glen Wheeler

    Well done Lea! Great news!

  • Kelps

    Congrats! That is awesome!

  • Congratulations! What an excellent position for you. Are you still based in Greece?

  • Chris

    Congratulations Lea, first order of business is no vendor prefixes in CSS4

  • Johann

    Oh yay! This isn’t just great for you, this is great for everybody 😀 Also loving the fact that “articles, “documentation”, “demos” & “tools” are part of your job description.. I would have expected you to end up with “some faceless company” at some point, making money and having less time for blogging and stuff, and still would have been happy for you, and grateful for all the fish of the past. But this? Just awesome, can’t wait to see what comes of it! All the best, may you be super happy and productive.

  • conan

    Congratulations Lea on your new job, from a lurker on your site since 2010, probably since your first talk.

    It will be good for the web to have a person with your skills and vision
    in the place were web standards are produced.

  • jeff

    Congratulations and welcome to the team.

    • Thank you Jeff! Looking forward to working with all of you!

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations! My faith in the W3C is restored! 🙂

  • AlexD

    Hi Lea,

    Congratulations! Please fix the ‘text-transform:capitalize;’ for Greek accent letters.


    • AlexD

      It seems that FireFox has it fixed now. Thanks.

  • Ian Sutherland

    Thats great news for the web. Well done and good luck Lea.

  • Eddie Staples

    Congrats! Great to see!

  • Klodian

    Congratulations Lea!! Your achievement demonstrates that talent, hard work and perseverance can pay off. You really deserve it!

  • Michał Gołębiowski

    Congratulations! You must be really happy. 🙂

  • Congratulations!

  • So many congratulations, Lea! Incredible news.

  • Mr C

    how did the w3c get this far without a designer? that explains quite a lot.

    congrats on the role, can’t wait to see the improvements 😉

  • Beben Koben

    you a developWOmenT now…hihihihi

  • Congratulations Lea.

    You deserve this position. Keep up the good work and shine.

    Make the web better.

  • Harry


  • Congratulations, Lea! It’s nice to have a forward-thinker joining the W3C crew.

  • Woot! That is awesome, Lea!!!

  • Wojciech Fornal

    cute greek geek joined W3C forces 🙂
    Congratulations and best wishes from Poland!

  • What great news Lea! The W3C has gained a great web professional 🙂 This is a long term benefit to the industry. Well done.

  • Sean Buchholz

    Congratulations and best of luck to you! As an aspiring designer this is awesome and exciting news!

  • Mazel tov! Will fallow the Web Standards updates.
    I still remember the misunderstand between you and W3C team on discussing CSS browser vendor prefixes and I’m happy to hear you make your dreams come true.

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  • Was away on vacation and one of the first tweets I read when I got back is you joining the W3C team. Congratulations and all the best. Looking forward to reading your recommendations.

  • Was just browsing www-style, saw the e-mail change and did a double-take—immediately checked here to confirm. I am both excited for you and a little jealous (not in a haterade-drinking way, but in a “some day I’ll be that cool” way). Congratulations on achieving a dream and staying true to your heart.

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  • Great news, Congratulations Lea 🙂

  • Marco

    Congratulations Lea!

  • Congratulations, Lea! I am so proud of you. You are a shining example to testify that rational commitment to a goal, to the extent that you clearly want to do something meaningful, can at some point get you a breaking opportunity for development. Stay creative, and be you! 🙂

  • Love to see that you are part of w3c labs now! I hope to meet you here in some brazilian conference. Love your work 🙂

  • Of course you deserve to work in your dream!
    Congratulations and many thanks for all your tips, tools, speakings and so on this years!

  • Major congrats! Awesome 🙂 🙂

  • This is obviously an inflection point in your life, congrats!

  • TrigZu

    I just realized that you made several of the websites/tools I love. Now you’re joining the W3C team?!?!
    You’re awesome AND beautiful! Marry me?

    I’m super jealous right now. =/

    P.S. The tools and libraries links on your about me are borked.

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  • reptilian_overlord

    Don’t you just love pink quotas and equality politics? My respect for the W3C just went down a notch…

  • inb4 W3C implements

  • Atul

    Hi lea,
    Many Congratulations on achieving what you wanted right from starting.

  • Hi Lea,

    Congrats on the position!

    Were you also the mastermind behind the WebPlatform site/design?

    Because I found it strange to see that the site:

    1. Lacks a favicon

    2. Uses jQuery UI (which seems out of place between the beauty of the rest of the site) with some very ugly rough edges like jumping close buttons to the dialogs and more.

    • One more thought about this: I hope WebPlatform will also be able to bump W3Schools from their position as that site misinforms.

    • Hi Luuk,

      I’ve done *some* dev & design work on WebPlatform, but most of it was there when I joined. As you may know, I’m not very fond of using heavy libraries like jQuery UI, but it is what it is 🙂

      Strange that you can’t see a favicon though, I can, on every single page.

      • The favicon seems to be resolved. No idea why it wasn’t showing for me.

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  • Olivier Fortier

    Good job!

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  • Sanobar Fathima

    Hi Lea,

    Congratulations, for the success

    please do like us on http://sapficoolt.wordpress.com/


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