On 1 August 2014, W3C began a transition away from this document; see the current W3C Process Document.

W3C Process Document

12 Process Evolution

The W3C Process Document undergoes similar consensus-building processes as documents that are part of the Recommendation Track process, with the Advisory Board acting as the sponsoring Working Group.

The Advisory Board initiates review of a Process Document as follows:

  1. The Chair of the Advisory Board sends a call for review to the Advisory Committee and other W3C groups.
  2. After comments have been formally addressed and the document possibly modified, the Team seeks endorsement from the Members by initiating an Advisory Committee Review of a Proposed Process Document. The review period MUST last at least four weeks.
  3. After the Advisory Committee Review, if there is consensus, the Team enacts the new process officially by announcing the W3C decision to the Advisory Committee. If there was dissent, Advisory Committee representatives MAY appeal the decision.

W3C MAY also modify a Process Document by following the processes for modifying a Recommendation.

Reviews of the Process Document are not public reviews.