Overview of the World Wide Web Consortium

Steve Bratt, <steve@w3.org>

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Overview of the World Wide Web Consortium

Steve Bratt
Chief Operating Officer
World Wide Web Consortium


10 November 2005
New Delhi, India


presented at the
International Conference & Workshop on Web Technologies
on the occasion of the launch of the W3C Indian Office


Mission: Leading the Web to its Full Potential

Founded by Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee in 1994, W3C is:

Graph of Globe
  • From a Web of Documents ...
  • ... toward one Web:
    • of Data and Services
    • on Everything
    • for Everyone
    • ... that is Interoperable, Trustworthy, Evolving with time ...

W3C logo

(Membership / Benefits / "At a Glance" brochure)

International Web Standards Organization

Expanding base of international operations

Map of W3C's 3 Hosts and 15 Offices (Oct 2005)

International Leadership and Cooperation

Expanding base of the world's leading technology organizations and technologists

Map of W3C Membership, circles related to number of Members per country (Oct 2005)

W3C Membership, Oct 2005

Member Profile

"Third-class companies make products; second-class companies develop technology; first-class companies set standards."

W3C's Membership includes

... organizations, which are ...

* popular saying in Chinese business and government, from China’s Post-WTO Technology Policy: Standards, Software and the Changing Nature of Techno-Nationalism, by Richard P. Suttmeier and Yao Xiangkui.

Developing Standards at W3C

W3C Engineers the Foundation of the Web

W3C technology stack

W3C Groups

Current work done in ~50 Working, Interest and Coordination Groups

W3C Groups Org chart

W3C Web Standards

80+ Standards to date(list/ svg-by-yr/ translations)

W3C Recommendations (Oct 2005)

Leading Edge: Latest and Future

Case for Expanding Global Participation (1)

  • Improved mutual understanding ...
    • of W3C's unique position as int'l standards body
    • to ensure W3C evolves over time to better support global needs
  • Web standards that are better ...
    • through diverse use cases, requirements, technologies, testing
    • that are more comprehensive, broadly interoperable, and higher quality
  • Web standards that are more widely deployed, because they
    • meet global requirements
    • are better understood by global experts
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Case for Expanding Global Participation (2)

(continued ... )

  • Greater opportunity for everyone, through ...
    • improved communication, understanding, innovation, commerce, productivity
    • widespread sharing of information, via accessible languages, technologies
    • development of Web-based products and participation in expanding markets
    • improving agriculture, engineering, education, nutrition, health care, etc. ...
      ... while providing an avenue for expanded global commercial and social networking
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Plans for Expanding Global Participation (1)

Plans for Expanding Global Participation (2)

(continued ...)


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  • W3C is an active int'l organization
  • Building foundational Web standards
  • Innovating toward a Web ...
    • of Data and Services
    • on Everything
    • for Everyone
  • Come innovate with us!

W3C logo


Value of W3C Membership

(Membership / Benefits / How to join W3C / "At a Glance" brochure)