The Team organizes workshops and symposia to promote early involvement in the development of W3C Activities from Members and the public.
The goal of a workshop is usually either to convene experts and other interested parties for an exchange of ideas about a technology or policy, or to address the pressing concerns of W3C Members. Organizers of the first type of workshop MAY solicit position papers for the workshop program and MAY use those papers to choose attendees and/or presenters.
The goal of a symposium is usually to educate interested parties about a particular subject.
The Call for Participation in a workshop or symposium MAY indicate participation requirements or limits, and expected deliverables (e.g., reports and minutes). Organization of an event does not guarantee further investment by W3C in a particular topic, but MAY lead to proposals for new Activities or groups.
Workshops and symposia generally last one to three days. If a workshop is being organized to address the pressing concerns of Members, the Team MUST issue the Call for Participation no later than six weeks prior to the workshop's scheduled start date. For other workshops and symposia, the Team MUST issue a Call for Participation no later than eight weeks prior to the meeting's scheduled start date. This helps ensure that speakers and authors have adequate time to prepare position papers and talks.
Note: In general, W3C does not organize conferences. Currently, W3C presents its work to the public at the annual World Wide Web Conference, which is coordinated by the International World Wide Web Conference Committee (IW3C2).