In the modern world with global communications, it's amazing how one person can now have such a huge influence within their field. Case in point: Jeffrey Zeldman Presents: The Daily Report - W3C Markup Validator 0.6.5 Beta #1, aka the "Zeldman made us do it" edition. Zeldman is just a guy in New York with a well-written weblog and a couple of books to his name. But he leads an amazing double life as a web standards guru.
Stepping away from Zeldman, the news itself is fantastic. The W3C's enigmatic validation service has been a key point of failure in the fight for web standards. You can tell someone to validate their page, but if they can't make head or tail of the explanation of errors; then they're going to go back to their old ways. Now, it seems we'll finally have a user-friendly validation service. At least, theoretically that's how it could go.