The following is a quote from the Web Standards Group announce mailing list:
We’ve just received news that Nigel McFarlane, a well known web standards advocate, evangelist and Web Standards Group member, has died.
As well as being an active member of the Mozilla technology community, Nigel was a technology analyst and commentator with a background in science and software. He had been writing books, features and articles about Web technology since 1996 including four well known titles:
– Firefox Hacks – March 2005
– Rapid Application Development with Mozilla – Nov 2003
Server, Windows Script Host, LiveConnect and Java (September 1999)
Earlier this month Nigel gave a presentation to the Melbourne Web Standards Group. Nigel will be sadly missed by the Web Standards Group as well as the broader web standards community.
Though I didn’t know him personally, I was impressed by his speaking ability at Web Essentials 2004 and he kindly gave away a copy of his book Firefox Hacks to me at the Melbourne Web Standards Group meeting he presented at a few weeks ago. Australia has very few technology evangelists, let alone good ones. Sadly we now have one less.