A collective project focused on “making the web better”.
Welcome to the Opquast website and community. Opquast is a training company yes, but it is also a larger collective project and community. We have been creating tools and open source web quality reference materials since being established in 2000.
Opquast is just one entity among many organizations, companies, and professionals who have the same goal; to improve the web. There are many of us who believe in this mission, which is admittedly very broad, but after 20 years, we are certain of our role and our missions. The people participating in the Opquast project are intent on ‘making the web better’, for all.
The Opquast community is typically comprised of web professionals, often Opquast certified, who are using the Opquast rules, spreading the checklists, and training and educating others. They may be ‘general practitioners’ with broad skills in web quality, such as those taught in our training, or specialists, focusing on security, privacy, accessibility, ecodesign, UX, or a related field. One thing all these people have in common is they love the web and want to improve the quality and access to it, for everyone!
Opquast’s three missions.
Mission #1: Create checklists to assure the quality of sites
The founders of Opquast are quality specialists. They have no opinion on the subjective quality aspects of websites; they only assess objective elements. And that’s why, at Opquast, we define implementation guidance rules, assemble them in checklists and document them to make repositories. Click on the link below to access the list of 240 web quality and UX rules, and feel free to use them on your next web project!
Mission #2: Equipping web professionals with a common cultural foundation and certification
Web projects mobilize professionals with a wide range of profiles: technical, literary, marketing, sales, etc. What do they share in common? How do they communicate? What is their common vocabulary? Over the years, Opquast has created a web quality reference system, which includes management models web quality model (VPTCS), a web quality rules repository, and a glossary to help web professionals work and communicate more effectively and efficiently. Finally, Opquast created a certification to verify that web professionals master these fundamentals.
Opquast’s objective: to provide web professionals worldwide with a solid cultural foundation and quality reference system. This isn’t to say that one can become a web expert only by using Opquast’s toolbox and becoming certified, but our resources are meant to be there as a quality foundation for all web professionals to rely on.
Mission #3: Leading an ecosystem of individuals and organisations intent on making the web better, for all
Training is important, but advancing the implementation of best practices is essential. To achieve this, Opquast supports a network of web professionals (11,000+ of them Opquast certified) from companies, universities, public agencies, schools, training centers, web agencies and web content management system communities. Together, they are creating tools to make the web better, and helping Opquast create reference materials that are universally useful and accepted.
What we think and what we believe in.
- The web is a fantastic and valuable tool.
- Web professionals need to understand what’s happening on the other side of the screen.
- A modern web project requires the management of various subjects and risks.
- No one can put themselves in the users’ shoes.
- Making good websites is not easy.
- Standards are both constraints and assets.
- Web professionals have a responsibility.
- Life is continuous improvement and continuous improvement is life.