- Get a W3C account (if you don’t have one).
- Push the “Join” button for any current group. If you are not logged in, you will be prompted
to log in. If you already have an account but we don’t know your affiliation (e.g., your employer) we will prompt you to update your account.
What you see after pushing the Join button depends on the affiliation you have declared in your user account. This is because joining a group involves agreeing to the W3C Community Contributor License Agreement (CLA). Below we describe the join process for different affiliations.
Please remember that for Community Groups, there is no fee for anyone. There are fees for participation in a Business Group by non- W3C Members.
If you work for a W3C Member
If you work for a W3C Member:
- If you are a Member Advisory Committee Representative, you may join the group immediately on behalf of your organization. After joining, you may nominate others from your organization to participate in the group.
- If you are otherwise an employee of a W3C Member, you must be nominated by your Advisory Committee Representative. There is a button to send a request to your Advisory Committee Representative to (join the group if not already in the group) and nominate you. You will be informed if your Advisory Committee Representative accepts (or declines) to join the group.
If you work for a non-Member organization
- If you are affiliated with a non-Member organization, you may join the group immediately on behalf of the organization, which we recommend in most cases.
- Or, you may request to participate without representing your affiliated organization, but those requests are subject to W3C Staff sole discretion. We attempt to address requests within one business day. W3C publishes guidelines for evaluating individual requests to participate in a group.
- If you are affiliated with the W3C Staff, you join immediately as an individual.
- If you have no affiliation with any organization, you join immediately as an individual.