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.
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.
Below are draft documents: Candidate Recommendations, Last Call Drafts, 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.
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.
This document addresses the issue of the mode in which a URL identifies information about the content or a description of the content by describing how to define data formats and publish the information.
These specifications have either been superseded by others, or have been abandoned.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.