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: Architecture Principles.
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 World Wide Web uses relatively simple technologies with sufficient scalability, efficiency and utility that they have resulted in a remarkable information space of interrelated resources, growing across languages, cultures, and media. In an effort to preserve these properties of the information space as the technologies evolve, this architecture document discusses the core design components of the Web. They are identification of resources, representation of resource state, and the protocols that support the interaction between agents and resources in the space. We relate core design components, constraints, and good practices to the principles and properties they support.
This document is intended to inform future social and legal discussions of the Web by clarifying the ways in which the Web's technical facilities operate to store, publish and retrieve information, and by providing definitions for terminology as used within the Web's technical community. This document also describes the technical and operational impact that does or could result from legal constraints on publishing, linking and transformation on the Web.
This document is a placeholder to indicate that a document which had previously been a workding draft on the Recommendation Track is no longer being developed on the Recommendation Track. Instead, a TAG Finding has been published, based in part on the content of the working draft. The Finding is not on the Recommendation Track.
This document describes the experiences and results that came out of the Web Characterization Group as part of the W3C HTTP-NG Activity, and how that work is now continued in the Web Characterization Activity.
The HTTP-NG Working Group created a series of scenarios for the HTTP-NG protocol design group, which were implemented in the scope of the HTTP-NG testbed, and used to optimize its design.
The WCA started in November 1998, and will bring that work model to a wider audience.
Below are draft documents: Last Call 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.
This document recommends best practices for the authors of media type definitions, for the authors of structured syntax suffix definitions (such as +xml), for the authors of specifications that define syntax for fragment identifiers, and for authors that publish documents that are intended to be used with fragment identifiers or who refer to URIs using fragment identifiers.
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.
This document represents an effort on the part of the W3C Web Characterization Activity to establish a shared understanding of key Web concepts. The primary goal in preparing this document was to develop a common interpretation for terminology related to Web characterization research. However, it is hoped that the Web community at large will also benefit from the enumeration and definition of important Web concepts.