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Mozilla Web Literacy Standard Release

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Today, the Mozilla Foundation unveilled a beta version of its Web Literacy Standard and also the Request For Comments (RFC): milestone release of standard.

The Standard is a list of skills and competencies they believe are important for anyone who wants to read, write and interact with others on the web. For me this is great. Having a long history of working with others with varying degrees of knowledge about digital environments it can be challenging, This is because people will say they understand something, such as building a webpage, but in fact have no idea what is entailed. To really understand the talent pool of the group – be it in constraints or untapped expertise – is to make a project fruitful. Otherwise projects go bad as people’s pride prevent them from acknowledging their literacy.

No shame in having a low web literacy. Just make sure that others are aware which helps projects go forward. Now we have something to benchmark with.

Where do you go if you want to get better at your web skills? How do you even know what’s important to learn? The Web Literacy Standard comprises a map of competencies and skills that Mozilla and our community of stakeholders believe are important to pay attention to when getting better at reading, writing and participating on the web. The Web Literacy Standard is part of Mozilla’s ongoing goal to create a generation of webmakers – those who can not only elegantly consume but also write and participate on the web.

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Each column on the diagram is a Strand with each box a competency comprised of a bundle of skills.

The Web Literacy Standard is made up of three strands: Exploring, Building, and Connecting. In turn, each strand is made up of several competencies. Each competency is comprised of a number of skills.