W3C For Immediate Release

W3C Welcomes Google as First Gold Sponsor

Adobe Backs Initiative Supporting W3C Mission at Silver Level

http://www.w3.org/ — 19 October 2011 — W3C introduced a W3C Organization Sponsor program earlier this year to enhance its capacity to support the deployment of Web standards. W3C announces today the first W3C Organization Sponsors: Google (Gold) and Adobe (Silver). W3C thanks both organizations for their generosity. W3C will use the donations to support training, documentation, tools, and outreach to Web professionals.

"W3C has been a cornerstone component of the World Wide Web's evolution and Google is pleased to be able to support and participate in its processes," said Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist at Google and an Internet pioneer.

"W3C focuses on standardization as a means to interoperability," said Jeff Jaffe, W3C CEO. "But successful deployment relies on a broader range of activities, including training and outreach to developers. The donations from Google and Adobe make it possible for W3C to increase its investment in those activities. This means both greater deployment and new services to the Web community."

"W3C brings many perspectives together from around the world to move the Web forward," said Kevin Lynch, Chief Technology Officer at Adobe. "We're happy to help support this effort and look forward to ongoing collaboration around our shared vision in the standardization of a richer Web."

Organization Sponsors enjoy consulting and promotion benefits, such as recognition at W3C's upcoming Technical Plenary, the annual meeting when the W3C Community meets face-to-face to resolve technical and strategic challenges. Learn more about the benefits of W3C Organization Sponsorship.

About the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international consortium where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards. W3C primarily pursues its mission through the creation of Web standards and guidelines designed to ensure long-term growth for the Web. Over 325 organizations are Members of the Consortium. W3C is jointly run by the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL) in the USA, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) headquartered in France and Keio University in Japan, and has additional Offices worldwide. For more information see http://www.w3.org/

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