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The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) recently announced a new incubator group called The Open Web Education Alliance (OWEA) to help Web standards and best practices find their way into classrooms around the world. As part of the program, they have identified a foundational library of Web standards books. We were proud to learn that every one of the eleven books they selected is a New Riders title.

Since we published Jeffrey Zedman’s groundbreaking Designing With Web Standards in 2003, New Riders has been the leader in providing standards-based information to the Web design and development community. This has not been by accident. We’ve kept our ear to the ground to follow rapidly evolving developments in the field, and to seek out those doing the most significant work to share their insights as authors of our Voices That Matter books.

OWEA will bring many education initiatives together in a broad collaborative. Organizations including Opera, Adobe, Yahoo, WOW, and WaSP InterAct are part of the alliance, and they have been diligently working to develop curricula and outreach programs to help schools better prepare their students for a career on the Web.

The library will be established at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, which is a strong leader in advancing the cause of Web standards in education. UTC is hosting the Web Education Rock Summit in early August. Of course, many New Riders authors will be making presentations there. And you’ll find their books there as well.

If you want to build your own Web standards library, the books that were selected are:

Don't Make Me Think
Designing With Web Standards, 2nd Edition
Building Findable Websites
Bulletproof Web Design, 2nd Edition
PPK on JavaScript
Digital Foundations: Intro to Media Design
Stylin' with CSS, 2nd Edition
Presentation Zen
A Project Guide to UX Design
Bulletproof Ajax
Transcending CSS