What is the World Wide Web Consortium?
Leading the Web to its Full Potential
Founded by Tim Berners-Lee in 1994, W3C is:
- Providing the Vision to Lead
- Engineering the Open Standards that
Make the Web Work ...
- From a Web of Documents ...
- Toward One Web ...
- ... of Creators and Consumers
- ... of Data and Services
- ... on Everything
- ... for Everyone
Organization: International Web Standards Body
Expanding base of international operations
People: International Leadership and Cooperation
Expanding base of the world's leading technology organizations and
Who are W3C's Members?
"Third-class companies make products; second-class companies
develop technology; first-class companies set standards."
- W3C's Members includes
- most of the world's leading IT companies
- other large and small companies
- academic and research institutions
- gov't, non-profit and standards organizations
- ... which are ...
- developing Web-based products
- using Web technologies
- conducting research on the Web
- developing specifications built upon W3C's work
* 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.
Full-fee Members (27 May
Why Do People Participate in W3C?
- Early insight into market trends
- Promoting image as innovator
(Membership / Benefits)
Process: Developing Standards
- Process: Clear, effective, thorough =>
Coordination, consensus, interoperability
- Member-neutrality: All Members have
- Engineer dependencies (within W3C, and with 40+ Liaisons with SDOs)
- Quicker, lighter process for innovative efforts led by Members
- Consistent architectural framework:
- Industry-leading Patent Policy
- Royalty-free licensing commitment
(Views of the Process: Life of Working Group, Recommendation Track)
W3C Engineers the Foundation of the Web
- Over 100 Web Standards to date (list / translations)
- Including: HTML, XML, CSS, SOAP, SVG, Mobile Web BP, Voice
XML, RDF, OWL, WCAG and more
- Interaction (Philippe Le Hégaret)
- Technology and Society (Ralph Swick)
- Ubiquitous Web (Philipp Hoschka)
- Web Accessibility Initiative (Judy Brewer)
- Communications (Ian Jacobs)
- Systems (Ted Guild)
- Potentially large changes coming in the Web and the
- You can contribute to change and positive growth, and build
value for you, your organization and the world
- Leading, understand, implement
- We are here to help you contribute and realize value