W3C Consensus

(All of this happens during many iterations of public drafts.)

  1. WG Last Call: does the WG feel its satisfied its requirements and that all open  issues have been closed (and minority views documented).
  2. W3C Last Call: does the WG deliverables satisfy dependent WGs (users of the spec, WAI (accessible content), I18N (internationalization), etc.)
  3. W3C Candidate REC: is the specification being implemented by the community?
  4. Director (helped by Team) reviews all technical comments, requirements, and dependencies, advances to the Advisory Committee as Proposed REC.
  5. Advisory Committee "votes" to inform Director as to whether make it a REC. (Does the W3C Recommend this as a useful thing for the Web?)