Very sorry to hear we lost #mollyholzschlag, the Web's Fairy Godmother.
Here are some photos taken at SxSW in 2006 when we were all so very young and innocent; she's is in some of them, as are a bunch of people who later did very well for themselves.
We will miss you terribly, Mols.
Goodnight #MollyHolzschlag. I love you!
It was very definitely saddening to get off a plane yesterday, excited for this trip, just to find out #MollyHolzschlag, had passed away.
Molly was quite possibly the first person in the web space I was out as trans to, back in 2007. Her reaction was honestly what I expected—caring and compassionate to no end.
So many know she fought like hell for the web, but she also fought like hell for her friends.
Remembering Molly, one of the greats, from @Jayhoffmann .
Was trying to remember who #MollyHolzschlag was and… saw that she followed me on Twitter?? Humblebrag, I guess.
Took some time this evening and collected my Molly photos into a Flickr album. #mollyholzschlag https://www.flickr.com/photos/cell911/albums/72177720311020853
One of first two #web #design books that was given to me was the Zen of CSS Design. I followed #MollyHolzschlag on the birdsite. On there, she was raw. I learned she had many difficult years at the end. I’m glad to get to know about her better days through other people’s memories. Rest in peace, design ancestor.
Tucson's Molly Holzschlag, known as 'the fairy godmother of the web,' dead at 60 | Obituary
"She was steadfast in her insistence that the World Wide Web be usable by disabled people, including sites being able to be parsed by screenreader technology for people with impaired vision."
Lots of folks are sharing how #MollyHolzschlag affected their (web) career.
No blog post from me, just a quick missive…
She wrote the introduction to my first book (2002, ‘Usability: The Site Speaks for Itself’) and was an editor for it. Her name carried a lot of weight. It might be why some (most) folks bought it. I was certainly thrilled to be a part of _her_ book.
Hit the hashtag for more personal missives than mine.
Remembering Molly, from @grigs :
"My best memory of Molly is my most treasured.
We skipped an afternoon of sessions at Web 2.0 and visited an art exhibit at the The Contemporary Jewish Museum.
We talked about the web, her career, our shared love of challah, her family, and her extended web family.
That afternoon remains one of my fondest memories from all of conference experiences."
I am saddened to learn that the legend Molly Holzschlag has passed. She taught me not only how to be a good webmaster, but also a good web advocate. Thank you. RIP Molly. #mollyholzschlag https://www.tucsonsentinel.com/local/report/090523_molly_holzschlag/
She was one of my heroes!
Remembering Molly Holzschlag. She's the force behind what many of us take for granted on the web.
Her books influenced me and inspired me to start my freelance web design business.
I was lucky to meet her in person, when she accepted my invitation to come to and speak in Detroit.
We stayed in touch online over the years.
Miss you, Mols.
@Meyerweb "held court," you say? I wrote the same thing in a caption from SXSWi 2005. #mollyholzschlag https://www.flickr.com/photos/cell911/6482677/in/album-158038/
The irony for me with Molly Holzschlag is her influence on my journey through web design towards UX is that it is subtle. Molly was not subtle. But she was fierce, kind, and would still be here if we had a medical system in the US that wasn’t privatized. #RIP to a sometimes-forgotten catalyst for the modern responsive web. #mollyholzschlag
📝 I wrote about #mollyholzschlag and a very, very few of the stories from our shared history. And I included some photos of her from years past. https://meyerweb.com/eric/thoughts/2023/09/06/memories-of-molly/
I am old enough to remember the original WaSP project, its members and what that group did for the web. Thank you, #MollyHolzschlag for using your fairy superpowers to make the web more of a magical place for me and generations of others.
https://www.tucsonsentinel.com/local/report/090523_molly_holzschlag/tucsons-molly-holzschlag-known-as-the-fairy-godmother-web-dead-60/ #mollyholzschlag was a pioneer and a hero. The web would be much worse without her. Let's try to continue her legacy of open and accessible web standards.
…I’d only met Molly a handful of times at conferences, but she was the infectiously inspiring Fairy Godmother of the Web that we all needed. A truly wonderful human.
She wrote books about web design and HTML since 1996!
But her book with Dave Shea changed my career forever in 2005.
#MollyHolzschlag passed yesterday. )-:
She was instrumental in building the Web we came to love, and was rightfully outspoken against the travesties as it evolved into today's mess.
She emoted anger toward the end as her health problems worsened and she spoke out against a broken system, but she was always nice, encouraging, and understanding with me, in our interactions. 💔
Seems this has been coming for a long time, and I'm relieved in some ways that she found the peace she's been demanding.
Before I even entered the profession, as a kid pecking away at a text box on site creators like Angelfire, I crossed paths with #MollyHolzschlag’s teachings. Hard to forget such a unique name and powerful voice, right?
She did so much good for so many and I will miss her dearly. Rest well, Molly, and thank you.
I'm grieving #MollyHolzschlag today. She had a hard time finding her place in a world that didn't have an easy assigned spot for her. But her absolute refusal to accept injustice kept her always struggling to redesign and reconfigure the constraining structures around her -- from Web standards to healthcare. She felt both joy and sadness very deeply and would not shield you from either. People who do so much good for so many people deserve so much better. RIP.
Goodbye, Molly. You started my career. 🏻 #MollyHolzschlag https://www.tucsonsentinel.com/local/report/090523_molly_holzschlag/
Molly Holzschlag, the fairy godmother of the Web, has died.
I remember the first time I met her at a Web dev conference. She chatted with me for a half hour, telling stories of browser rivalries and HTML5’s renegade group that saved us all from XHTML. We ran into each other several times over the years. She always was kind, encouraging, and genuinely interested in what I had to say. She gave us all so much. 💔
Wow. #mollyholzschlag passed away. An invaluable force for adoption of web standards and usability. May Molly's loved ones find solace in sharing those memories that inspired them most.
Adieu to #MollyHolzschlag who was an inspiration to me and many others. Also, she was friendly on the Web in a way that didn't require you to be cool to play with her. Good bless you Molly.😿
I met #MollyHolzschlag once at the beginning of my career, at my very first workshop, feeling rather starstruck. Her books and articles around web standards guided me in the right direction, and is still a large part of my ethos.
Heartbroken to see this. Rest in peace, Molly.