World Wide Web Consortium Process Document

19 July 2001

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

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Ian Jacobs, W3C


The mission of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is to lead the World Wide Web to its full potential by developing common protocols that promote its evolution and ensure its interoperability. The W3C Process Document describes the constituent organizations of the W3C and the processes related to the responsibilities and functions they exercise to enable W3C to accomplish its mission. This document does not describe the internal workings of the Team or W3C's public communication mechanisms.

For more information about the W3C mission and the history of W3C, please refer to "About W3C" [PUB15].

Status of this Document

This is the 19 July 2001 version of the W3C Process Document. This version of the Process Document incorporates changes relevant to the Technical Architecture Group (TAG). This document was produced by the W3C Advisory Board.

The list of changes to the public Process Document is available on the Web.

Additional Member-only information about the Process Document (issues lists, Member-only drafts, changes to Member-only drafts, etc.) is available from the Process Plan page. General information about W3C is available on the Web, including information about becoming a W3C Member.

Please send review comments about this document to process-issues@w3.org (Member-only archive).

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