Shadi Abou-Zahra works with the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) as the Accessibility Strategy and Technology Specialist. He coordinates accessibility priorities in the W3C Strategy team, as well as international promotion, coordination, and harmonization of web accessibility standards. Shadi also maintains WAI liaisons with key stakeholders including disability, research, and standards organizations, as well as coordinates WAI outreach in Europe, accessibility evaluation techniques, and European-funded projects on accessibility.
See W3C page for Shadi Abou-Zahra.
Bert Bos completed his Ph.D. in Groningen, The Netherlands, on a prototyping language for graphical user interfaces. He then went on to develop a browser targeted at humanities scholars, before joining the W3C at INRIA/Sophia-Antipolis in October 1995. He is co-inventor of CSS and created & led W3C's Internationalization activity. After working on HTML and XML, he is now leading the CSS and Mathematics activities.
Carine joined the Sophia Antipolis W3C team in December 2001 as XML engineer, in the Jigsaw activity.
She holds an engineer degree and a PhD in Computer Science. Her research area was distributed artificial intelligence and multi-agent systems.
Since 2002, she has been working in the Web Services Activity and the XML Activity as staff contact, in some EU-funded projects, and in the Systems Team.
François takes part in on-going discussions and developments around the convergence between Web and TV, serving both as Entertainment Champion in the Industry team and as Media Specialist in the Strategy team. François is also staff contact for the media-related Second Screen Working Group and TV Control Working Group.
François initially joined W3C in November 2007 from Microsoft where he integrated an on-portal mobile search engine called MotionBridge. From 2007 to 2011, he served as staff contact for the Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group, the Web and TV Interest Group, the Web Real-Time Communications Working Group and was co-Activity Lead for the Web and TV Activity. He left W3C at the end of 2011 to develop cross-platform Web applications in a French start-up called Joshfire. François came back home on May 2014.
Ted joined the W3C in January of 2000. He comes to the Consortium from the corporate IT community having worked for a mortgage and investment company, a power utility, an internet service provider, and a marketing and communications company. He earned a bachelors in Russian from Hobart College. He also spent some time as an English as a Second Language and Mathematics instructor.
Sandro Hawke has been a Software Developer and Systems Architect at W3C specializing in data interoperability standards and decentralization since 2000. He currently leads the Credible Web effort as a W3C Fellow with funding from Facebook and Google. He served as staff contact for the Working Groups behind RDF, OWL, SPARQL, SHACL, PROV, RIF, LDP, WebSub, WebMention, ActivityStreams, ActivityPub, and more. Sandro's professional focus is on developing trustworthy prosocial global-scale decentralized systems using ideas from both Web Architecture and Knowledge Representation. He occasionally blogs at decentralyze.com and posts at @firstname.lastname@example.org and @email@example.com.
Name pronunciation: I say it like "SAND-row HAWK", but SOND-row is fine, too.
Pronouns: He/Him/His or They/Them/Theirs
Dominique is W3C Developer Relationships Lead, champion for the Telecommunication Industry in W3C, part of the W3C Project Management team, W3C Strategy Specialist on Virtual and Augmented Reality, and serves as staff contact in the Web Real-Time Communications Working Group and the Device and sensors Working Group. He also develops tools and applications as needed in his various roles.
He joined initially W3C’s Communication and Systems Team as a member of the Webmaster Team in October 2000; after having joined then lead the QA Activity until September 2005, Dom took part to the Mobile Web Initiative as Staff Contact for the Best Practices Working Group and later as co-Chair of the Mobile Web Test Suites Working Group.
Dominique holds an engineering degree from the “Grande Ecole” École Centrale Paris.
Shawn joined W3C in February 2003 to lead worldwide education and outreach activities promoting web accessibility for people with disabilities through the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI). [Shawn Lawton Henry at W3C WAI] Prior to joining W3C, Shawn worked as a consultant with research centers, education providers, government agencies, non-profit organizations, Fortune 500 companies, and international standards organizations to develop and implement strategies to optimize design for usability and accessibility. She holds a BSc in English with focus on computer science and technical writing, and an MSc in Digital Inclusion. [About Shawn]
Ivan joined the W3C team as Head of Offices in January 2001. He served as Head of Offices until June 2006, then as the Semantic Web Activity Lead until December 2013 and then, finally, as the Publishing@W3C Technical Lead. He is currently a W3C Fellow for CWI, member of the W3C Strategy as well as the Technical & Architecture teams as focusing on Digital Publishing and (in the T&A team) on of Web of Data related activities.
Ivan graduated as mathematician at the Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest, Hungary, in 1979. After a brief scholarship at the Université Paris VI he joined the Hungarian research institute in computer science (SZTAKI) where he worked for 6 years. He left Hungary in 1986 and, after a few years in industry, he joined the Centre for Mathematics and Computer Sciences (CWI) in Amsterdam where he has held a tenure position since 1988. He received a PhD degree in Computer Science in 1990 at the Leiden University, in the Netherlands.
Richard joined the W3C team in July 2002, where he is Strategy Specialist and also Architecture & Technology Specialist for internationalization. He is staff contact for and contributes technically to the W3C Internationalization Working Group.
He serves on the Unicode Editorial Committee and the Unicode Conference board (and has a Unicode Bulldog Award), and coordinated the MultilingualWeb initiative. He developed the W3C Internationalization Checker, and in his spare time creates tools (such as UniView) for working with characters and scripts.
Richard has a background in translation and interpreting, computational linguistics, software engineering, and translation tools. Prior to joining the W3C, he was a Global Design Consultant at Xerox, providing services and training to external clients as well as to internal development teams with regard to the international design and localizability of user interfaces and documents. He received a corporate award for work on the Xerox product development process.
As of 1 Feb 2015, Ian is the lead of W3C's Web Payments Activity.
From September 2004 through January 2015, Ian became Head of W3C Communications. He managed the Consortium's Comm activities, including press, publications, branding, marketing, and some Member relations.
Ian began at W3C in 1997 and for 7 years co-edited a number of specifications, including HTML 4.0, CSS2, DOM Level 1, three WAI Guidelines (Web Content, User Agent, Authoring Tool), the TAG's Architecture of the World Wide Web, and the W3C Process Document.
Yves Lafon studied Mathematics and computer science at ENSEEIHT in Toulouse, France, and at Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal in Montreal, Canada. His field of study was signal recognition and processing. He discovered Internet Relay Chat and the Web in Montreal in 1993 and has been making robots and games for both. He joined the W3C in October 1995 to work on W3C's experimental browser, Arena. Then he worked on Jigsaw, W3C's Java-based server, on HTTP/1.1 and started the work on SOAP 1.2.
Philippe Le Hegaret is the Project Manager for W3C, responsible to meet all of the milestones of all of the groups, facilitate the work of Team Contacts, Chairs, and Editors, and drive the work necessary to achieve operational success. Until 2016, he was for the former W3C Interaction Domain, which produced frontend Web technologies including HTML5, CSS3, SVG, WOFF, or Web APIs. Prior to 2009, Philippe lead the W3C Architecture Domain, which produced the W3C Core technologies in the area of XML, Web Services, and Internationalization. He is a former Chair of the Document Object Model (DOM) Working Group.
Prior to joining W3C, Philippe promoted the use of XML inside Bull in 1998, also focusing on the interaction between XML and object structures. He wrote the first version of the CSS validator in 1997.
Philippe holds a Master's Degree in Computer Science from the University of Nice (France).
Then he has lead the XForms Activity.
Thierry holds a Diplome d'Etudes Approfondies (D.E.A) in Genetics - Statistics and Information Technology (University Paris VII).
Eric joined W3C again in February 1998 to provide system support and manage tool programming. He currently works on RDF and XML protocols.His primary goal is to see that information be easily and logically accessible.
Prior to joining W3C full-time, Eric worked as a contract programmer for various organizations, including W3C, where he worked on libwww and the client applications, a PEP model library, and several system-related projects.
Eric has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and is still baffled by the futility of a college education in determining one's fate.
Liam joined the W3C in 2000; he's been working with text-based markup and digital typography since nroff days (1981) and with SGML since 1987. He worked for Yuri Rubinsky at SoftQuad Inc. in Toronto, where he was involved in the development of SoftQuad's HoTMetaL, the first commercial HTML editor for the Web, and also with SoftQuad Panorama, a browser plugin to display SGML; this in turn demonstrated a need to standardise the use of SGML on the Web, and Liam was involved in the development of the XML specification.
Liam has been involved in free software since 1983, including lq-text, a text retrieval package for Unix, the GNOME and GIMP projects, a collection of royalty-free pictures from old books, and uses and contributes to Mageia Linux, and many other open source and free projects.
At the W3C today, Liam is XML Activity Lead and W3C technical participant for the XML Query and XSL (XSL-FO) Working Groups, and alternate contact for several other Working Groups. He's also staff contact for the Verifiable Claims Working Group.
Dave is the W3C lead for the Web of Things Interest Group. He has been closely involved with the development of Web standards since 1992, contributing to work on HTML, HTTP, MathML, XForms, voice and multimodal interaction, ubiquitous web applications, financial data, privacy and identity. Dave has participated in several European FP7 research projects: HTML5Apps and COMPOSE, and before that webinos, Serenoa, and PrimeLife. In addition to work on standards, Dave is a keen programmer, and has developed experimental web browsers (e.g. Arena), a plugin for rendering math from natural language (EzMath), a tool for cleaning up HTML (Tidy), a web page library for HTML slide presentations (Slidy), a Firefox add-on for enhanced privacy (Privacy Dashboard), customizable browser-based editing of HTML and more recently, open source implementations for the Web of Things. He was educated in England and obtained his doctorate from the University of Oxford, and is a visiting professor at the University of the West of England. For more information see Dave's home page.
Michael[tm] Smith is a W3C Deputy Director whose areas of expertise include pharmaceuticals transportation, cyber, and extremely compartmentalized information.