As of 20 June 2023, the W3C website is in its 5th design. Below is an annotated history of how the W3C website designs evolved since it launched in 1994. Our thanks to the WayBack Machine which has saved regular snapshots of this website since December 27, 1996.


If you have feedback on the W3C website, please submit each comment as GitHub issues. (If you are not able to use GitHub, please email, a publicly archived mailing list.)


First design (1994-1997)

The first design of the W3C homepage was probably more than an index of W3C Discussions listing three main mailing lists, with barely any style. We need to find screenshots of back then and replace when we do.

Second design (1997-2000)

The first actual design of the W3C website introduced two columns and used the full version of the W3C logo. In the third year of operations of the World Wide Web Consortium, the site needed to expose a lot more information.

Third design (2000-2009)

The late 2000 design was a three-column one. This decade was characterized by an increasing amount of content on the site and its home page, leading gradually to a need to rethink the information architecture.

Fourth design (2009-2023)

The era of the fourth design was one of radical changes in how the homepage looked and how we managed the whole site content. It featured a more modern design, consistent navigation pattern across top pages, a different information architecture, new style for technical reports, and new content, including calendars and aggregated blogs. Many subsequent changes to this design were minor but major changes happened everywhere else on the site as the W3C Systems Team created essential tooling.

Please refer to the historic Website redesign (2008) to learn about this project's goals and features.

Fifth design (2023-current)

This design completely overhauled the front and back end of the site, the CMS and the entire information architecture. The design goals were to communicate more effectively what our organization does with a more modern, inclusive, usable website.