All posts by Coralie Mercier

About Coralie Mercier

Coralie is Head of W3C Marketing and Communications.

W3C Strategic Highlights, April 2021

megaphoneToday W3C released to the public the April 2021 edition of our W3C Strategic Highlights which documents the tremendous work to enhance, grow and strengthen the Web platform, and how the Web Consortium meets the needs of industry and society as a whole.

At the same time, as we celebrate the anniversary of the release of the World Wide Web into the public domain on 30 April 1993 by CERN, our CEO Jeff Jaffe has published his reflections on the centrality of the Web Consortium as the Web has been accelerating to meet society’s needs, and on the importance of the Web infrastructure in the modern world.

Human civilization is at an extraordinary juncture. The Web Consortium is in an incredible position to host the open forum where diverse voices from different parts of the world come together to incubate and build the global standards for the Web in the 25 years to come.

W3C re-introduces popular BLINK feature

[At the occasion of April Fools’ Day] W3C today re-introduced the popular BLINK feature as part of the open web platform, thus mitigating the community critique about the removal of the early version.

Using state-of-the-art W3C technology, Web authors now can be sure to get the readers’ attention that their important information deserves, and web users to never miss important information again.

The new feature gives back full editing control to web authors while ensuring an inclusive user experience for all. More information is available in the press release.

A calendaring tool is now available for W3C groups

screenshot of a detail of a group eventToday we announced the Beta of a group calendaring service, developed by the W3C Systems Team. The tool aims to help W3C Groups schedule their meetings and share them with the W3C community. A new “Calendar” tab is now available from our group pages, lists all upcoming meetings a given group has scheduled, and enables in particular viewing times in different time zones (including your own), exporting and subscribing to an iCal feed.

This has been a long-standing request from W3C Groups to manage calendars of events, subscribe to them as well as easily view them on the Web, thus facilitating participation in, and scheduling of group meetings. You can read more in Jean-Gui Rouel’s blog posts about the tool’s discovery phase and about functionalities and future roadmap.

W3C accepting proposals for Professional Employer Organization (PEO) Services


Since its founding in 1994 by Web Inventor Tim Berners-Lee, the World Wide Web Consortium has developed the foundational technical standards upon which the Web has flourished. The Web and its place in society have changed dramatically, and the Web Consortium has been at the core of its technical interoperability. Today we need a more dramatic transformation to address the opportunities and threats the Web now faces and to continue to shape its future constructively.

W3C is currently headquartered in Massachusetts, with staff members distributed around the world. Four institutions partner to “host” W3C: MIT (USA), ERCIM (France), Keio University (Japan), and Beihang University (China). We are planning the transition to a USA-based incorporated legal entity, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, as of January 1, 2022, which will continue to work with the distributed staff while consolidating financial and administrative functions. The Web Consortium is accepting proposals for Professional Employer Organization (PEO) Services; please consult our RFP.

If your organization provides these services please submit a proposal by email to W3CLEadmin@w3.org. If you have any questions, you can send them to that same address.

Interested parties must respond by Friday, April 2, 2021, and we expect to make a selection by Friday, April 9, 2021. We look forward to getting some robust responses!

CSS Cascading and Inheritance Level 3 is a W3C Recommendation

The CSS Working Group has published CSS Cascading and Inheritance Level 3 as a W3C Recommendation. This CSS module describes how to collate style rules and assign values to all properties on all elements. By way of cascading and inheritance, values are propagated for all properties on all elements.

CSS is a language for describing the rendering of structured documents (such as HTML and XML) on screen, on paper, etc.

W3C Workshop Report: Maps for the Web

Maps of Montreal, past, present, and future. W3C is pleased to announce a report from the W3C/OGC Joint Workshop Series on Maps for the Web, held in September & October, 2020.

Through live presentations, panel discussions, and pre-recorded videos, workshop participants discussed requirements and proposals for Web platform maps.

As an outcome of the workshop, participants seek to initiate a cross-community (W3C, OGC among others) working group that will define a roadmap to specify and implement native Web maps. The ongoing work was initiated and has been incubated in the ​W3C Maps for HTML Community Group​ since late 2014. Anyone interested in participating in the Maps for the Web discussions should join the free W3C Community Group.

W3C thanks our sponsor, Natural Resources Canada, the ​Program Committee​, our co-host, the Open Geospatial Consortium, and all the participants for making this event a success. Please read more in the W3C Blog post.

Fourth Patent Advisory Group for Web Payments Working Group Launched

In accordance with the W3C Patent Policy, W3C has launched a Web Payments Working Group Patent Advisory Group (PAG) in response to disclosures related to a specification of the Web Payments Working Group; see the PAG charter. W3C launches a PAG to resolve issues in the event a patent has been disclosed that may be essential, but is not available under the W3C Royalty-Free licensing requirements. Public comments regarding these disclosures may be sent to public-wpwg-pag@w3.org (public archive). Learn more about Patent Advisory Groups.

Six Internationalization Gap-analysis First Public Working Drafts published

The Internationalization Working Group has published First Public Working Drafts for six documents that explore gaps in language support on the Worldwide Web:

These drafts complement the 21 Gap-analysis documents published last June.

We are looking for expert contributors who can help us move this work forward by answering questions, documenting gaps in support, and creating tests. For more information about the program, see this 15 minute overview (slides).