W3C

Social Web Current Status

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.

Completed Work

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.

Standards

2017-05-23

Activity Streams 2.0

This specification details a model for representing potential and completed activities using the JSON format.

2017-05-23

Activity Vocabulary

This specification describes the Activity vocabulary.

2017-05-23

Micropub

Micropub is an open API standard that is used to create posts on one's own domain using third-party clients. Web apps and native apps (e.g. iPhone, Android) can use Micropub to post short notes, photos, events or other posts to your own site.

2017-01-12

Webmention

Webmention is a simple way to notify any URL when you link to it on your site. From the receiver's perspective, it's a way to request notifications when other sites link to it.

Drafts

Below are draft documents: Proposed Recommendations, Candidate Recommendations, other Working Drafts . Some of these may become Web Standards through the W3C Recommendation Track process. Others may be published as Group Notes or become obsolete specifications.

Proposed Recommendations

2017-10-03

WebSub

An open, simple, web-scale and decentralized HTTP-based pubsub protocol. Publishers register a hub, and subscribers make a subscription request to their desired publisher's hub. Hubs manage subscription requests and distribution of new content to subscribers.

Candidate Recommendations

2017-09-07

ActivityPub

The ActivityPub protocol is a social networking protocol based upon the ActivityStreams 2.0 data format. It is based upon experience gained from implementing and working with the OStatus and Pump.io protocols.

Other Working Drafts

2017-08-01

Post Type Discovery

Post Type Discovery specifies an algorithm for determining the type of a post by what properties it has and potentially what value(s) they have, which helps avoid the need for explicit post types that are being abandoned by modern post creation UIs.

2017-07-19

JF2 Post Serialization Format

This document describes a JSON serialization format to describe simple streams of data as well as single objects of data for data transfer and processing.

2017-05-04

Social Web Protocols

The Social Web Protocols are a collection of standards which enable various aspects of decentralised social interaction on the Web. This document describes the purposes of each, and how they fit together.