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The Inspiration Problem

Designers and clients might be turned off by the lack of visual inspiration (sometimes bordering on hostility to design and branding) found on some sites that discuss web standards or brag about their compliance with one or more W3C specifications. We'll encounter the same problem when we discuss accessibility. (Some accessibility sites are downright ugly, but the problem lies with those sites' designers, not with accessibility, which carries no visual penalty. The same is true for web standards, even if the look and feel of the W3C website or of ECMA is unlikely to motivate designers to get busy learning about XML and CSS2.)

The Wthremix contest [3.17], launched in December of 2002, sought to generate some of that missing aesthetic interest. The founders explained their goals this way:


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