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About the Guide

This Guidebook is intended to complement the W3C Membership Agreement and the W3C Process. This index page is Member-only, although some of the resources in the Guidebook are public.

You are expected to be familiar with the parts of this Guidebook that affect your work. Working Group chairs should get a "tour" from their team contact. Then take a look again, for example, if you're going to hold a face-to-face meeting; read the section on meetings and work with its owner, Susan, to be sure you understand what's written there, and to record any valuable knowledge you pick up along the way.

This Guidebook is generally edited by the W3C Team, but chairs and collaborators are welcome to edit it, keep it up to date by adding/pruning resources and tips to it. Be sure to update all relevant facets when you edit this page.

This is a proposal for a reorganization of the Art of Consensus Guide into multiple faceted views.

Table of Contents: Facets

Facet 1: Timeline

Create a Group

Early life of a group

Maturing Group

Maintenance mode

Closing a group

Facet 2: by Role

About W3C Roles

Every WG Participant

Chair and Scribe

Staff Contact


Test lead


Facet 3: activities of a group

Build Consensus

Develop specification

Patent Stuff

Test and Implement

Promote your work

Facet 4: by Tool




tracking tools

Polls and Questionaire


teleconference bridge