This page summarizes the relationships among specifications, whether they are finished standards or drafts. Below, each title links to the most recent version of a document. For related introductory information, see: Protocol and Meta Format Considerations.
W3C Recommendations have been reviewed by W3C Members, by software developers, and by other W3C groups and interested parties, and are endorsed by the Director as Web Standards. Learn more about the W3C Recommendation Track.
Group Notes are not standards and do not have the same level of W3C endorsement.
The goal of this document is to help W3C editors write better specifications, by making a specification easier to interpret without ambiguity and clearer as to what is required in order to conform
This document presents a method for writing, marking-up, and analyzing conformance requirements in technical specifications.
This document defines a minimal set of metadata elements that can usefully be applied to tests that are intended for publication within a test suite.
The QA Handbook is a handbook about the process and operational aspects of certain quality assurance practices of W3C’s Working Groups, with particular focus on testability and test topics.
This document details and deepens some of the most important concepts related to conformance when designing a specification. It is a companion document of QA Specification Guidelines. It analyzes how design decisions of a specification's conformance model may affect its implementability and the interoperability of its implementations.
These specifications have either been superseded by others, or have been abandoned. They remain available for archival purposes, but are not intended to be used.
The principal goal of QA Framework: Test Guidelines is to help W3C Working Groups to develop more useful and usable test materials. The material is to be presented as a set of principles and good practices. This document is one in a family of QA Framework documents of the Quality Assurance (QA) Activity. The other existing or in-progress specifications are: The QA Handbook, and Specification Guidelines.
This document presented examples and described techniques of operational aspects of quality practices within W3C’s Working Groups in 2002.