W3C Process Document

9 Glossary

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Work carried out by W3C is organized into different Activities. Each Activity has been reviewed by the Advisory Committee and approved by the Director.
Activity Lead
The Team member responsible for coordinating the work carried out within an Activity.
Activity Proposal
A proposal to the Advisory Committee from the Director to create, renew, or modify an Activity.
Advisory Committee
The review body composed of one representative from each Member organization.
Activity Statement
A summary of the work being carried out as part of an Activity.
Briefing Package
The initial description (scope, structure, process, context, etc.) of a Proposed Activity.
Call For Participation
A call from the Director to the Membership (and possibly public) for participation in a Working Group or other Group.
Call For Review
A call from the Director to the Advisory Committee to review a proposal (including Activity Proposal and Proposed Recommendation).
Candidate Recommendation
A Candidate Recommendation is a stable Working Draft that the Director has proposed to the community for implementation experience and feedback.
The head of Working Group, Interest Group, or Coordination Group.
The Chairman manages the general operation of the Consortium.
A document that describes the scope, deliverables, dependencies, and process of a Working Group or other Group.
Substantial agreement.
Coordination Group
A Coordination Group facilitates communication among Working Groups and Interest Groups. Coordination Groups are used by the Team to help manage W3C on behalf of the Members, and ensure the consistency and architectural integrity of its work.
The lead architect for W3C. The Director also approves Recommendations, Activity proposals, and charters; designates Group Chairs; and acknowledges Submission requests.
Document Status
A section of every W3C Technical Report that describes the context in which the document was published.
Good Standing
An indication that a Working Group participant has attended meetings diligently and produced deliverables in a timely manner.
One of the primary sites where the Team is physically located.
Interest Group
A W3C group that explores and evaluates Web technologies.
Invited Expert
Someone invited to participate in a Working Group who does not represent a W3C Member organization or someone invited to participate on a one-time basis.
Last Call
A Working Draft that a Working Group considers essentially finished that has been sent to other groups for review.
A Note is a dated, public record of an idea, comment, or document.
Local points of contact in other countries that help ensure that W3C and its specifications are known in their country. Offices work with their regional Web community to develop participation in W3C Working Groups.
Proposed Recommendation
A Proposed Recommendation is a Candidate Recommendation that has benefitted from implementation experience and has been sent to the Advisory Committee for review.
A Recommendation reflects consensus within W3C, as represented by the Director's approval. W3C considers that the ideas or technology specified by a Recommendation are appropriate for widespread deployment and promote W3C's mission.
Related Member
Two Members are related if either Member is a subsidiary of the other, or if both Members are subsidiaries of a common entity.
The W3C Submission process allows Members to propose technology or other ideas for consideration by W3C.
The Team (Director, Chairman, and Staff) manages W3C Activities and establishes the mechanisms and procedures for doing so.
Technical Report
Documents that are on the Recommendation track or W3C Notes.
Working Draft
A Working Draft generally represents work in progress and a commitment by W3C to pursue work in a particular area. The label "Working Draft" does not imply consensus within W3C about the document.
Working Group
The primary goal of a Working Group is to produce specifications or prototype software.
A workshop brings experts together for a single meeting, typically for one or two days. Workshops generally fall into two categories: those convened so that Members may exchange ideas about a technology or policy and those convened to address the pressing concerns of W3C Members.