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Latest version of Web Literacy standard grid (15th April 2013)

Update: For the latest information on the Web Literacy standard work, head to

The grid below is one that I came up early on Saturday morning after conversations with my colleagues and after reflecting upon last week’s discussion.

Web Literacy standard grid (15th April 2013)


  • Visual size of the elements (in attempt to show potential dependencies/conceptual ‘size’ of the competencies)
  • Added an iterated version of the community-created strand descriptors
  • Moved ‘Remixing’ to the Connecting strand as it seemed to fit better there
  • Changed ‘Coding/Scripting’ to ‘JavaScript’
  • Changed ‘Participating in Web Communities’ to ‘Community Participation’ to make it less wordy
  • Changed ‘Sharing via social networks’ to just ‘Sharing’ (to make it less specific)
  • Changed ‘Security/Encryption’ to just ‘Security’ and moved it to the Exploring strand to make it more distinct from ‘Privacy’
  • Merged ‘Web design’ with ‘Accessibiility’

Comments welcome! It would be great if you could make it to our weekly calls. πŸ™‚

5 thoughts on “Latest version of Web Literacy standard grid (15th April 2013)

  1. Hi Doug,

    I am not much of a visual thinker, but the size discrepancy between JS and html/css strikes me as odd? I also wonder if JavaScript is better than coding/scripting, php is supported on most Web sites and I would guess is on the same order of difficulty as js?

    1. Thanks for the feedback, John. This isn’t the final version and we had a related discussion during the community call. I think I’ll reinstate ‘Coding/scripting’ πŸ™‚

  2. I would have preferred Coding/Scripting instead of Java Script. Although Java Script is widely used, there are powerful programming languages for the web such as: Python, Perl (ok, this one is not used so much but still solves lots of tricky issues sometimes πŸ˜€ ), Rails + adding the important server side such as Bash.

    Another thing I’ve been thinking at is “wiki”. Wikimedia solutions starts to be widely used in several communities, companies and organisations. Deployments of mediawiki and semantic media wiki are requested more and more. Even if it is for advanced Web Developers I was wondering how this would fit into the Web Literacies Standard. Even editing Wikipedia or an internal Wiki can be considered a basic competency.

    1. Thanks Alina! I’ve already changed back to Coding/Scripting and think that ‘Community Participation’ works for what you describe r.e. wikis. Perhaps wiki-creation would work at the skill level? πŸ™‚

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