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W3C management reviews W3C priorities and resources on an ongoing basis, and annually (typically mid-year) explores major re-allocations of resources to align with important trends. In early 2013 W3C staff identified some potential directions for W3C (technical, organizational, etc.). We have launched ten task forces to develop proposals with community participation according to the #Calendar below.

If you are interested in participating in a task force, please contact the lead(s). Note that these topics are in development; W3C has not allocated resources to them other than to develop proposals.

See also Headlights2012.


Note: Task force leads will be adding links to public pages with more information.

Open Web Platform

Web Payments

Led by Dave Raggett <dsr@w3.org>

Web application developers want to monetise their work, particularly on mobile where ads are not as effective as on desktop. The Open Web Platform does not yet offer standard ways to transfer money, demonstrate proof-of-purchase, and meet other payment needs. Without a standard, developers are forced to turn to native platforms, or use solutions that work for one service provide but not another.

There was a headlights project on this last year, as well as a Community Group looking at particular approaches. The staff believes that the platform and industry have evolved in the past year to the point where we need to revisit the question as a community.

HTML5 Performance

Led by Philippe Le Hégaret <plh@w3.org>

W3C works on individual components of the web architecture, driven by the functional needs of our Members. This particular focus may lead us to miss system-level considerations such as the overall performance of typical implementations. While performance suffers for a variety of reasons, web standards could be part of the problem. In the past, when we looked at performance we instrumented the architecture to allow performance to be measured. This is quite different from a system level focus on addressing and improving performance.

As we mature to take a platform level view of our work, we should address performance issues to grow the acceptance of our standards.

See the HTML5 performance wiki page to get involved.

Closing the Gap with Native

Led by Dominique Hazaël-Massieux <dom@w3.org>

Analysts, developers, and businesses report that the Open Web Platform suffers in comparison to certain native platforms. Because we do not want to fall behind, we must enhance the platform so that it can be used for the innovative applications being written today to native platforms.

See the task force wiki page to get involved.

Which Community and Business Groups Should Transition to Working Group

Led by Coralie Mercier <coralie@w3.org>

We now have well over one hundred Community and Business Groups. This task force will review them to determine which are the best candidates for advancing work to a Working Group. In addition, the task force may establish which are up and coming, which are stalled, which should be closed, and so on. But the primary output of this task force will be a recommendation for which group deliverables should move to the Recommendation Track.

Public wiki for the CG/BG transition task force

Web Stewardship

Led by Wendy Seltzer <wseltzer@w3.org>

The Open Web is a commons, providing value to many and owned by none. As such, key features such as security, accessibility, internationalization, and privacy pose classic public goods problems -- everyone wants them more than anyone individually wants to invest in providing them. W3C could position itself as steward of the Open Web commons and the values that keep it vibrant, such that our work is not only to build the technical standards for the Open Web Platform, but to sustain and promote a robust Web ecosystem.

This headlights project aims to identify areas in which W3C could bolster its role as steward for the Web community and specific activities to that end.

Brand and Communications

W3C Brand

Led by Marilyn Siderwicz <msiderwicz@w3.org>

W3C began a brand research project at the end of 2012, and is beginning to receive the research results. The purpose of this headlights project is to determine what brand development will follow brand research. Improved institutional brand name recognition will help W3C better position itself as an industry leader as we celebrate our organization's 20th year. Improved visual identity and messaging also will strengthen our value proposition, and help business development recruit new members, attract members from new industries, and retain our existing members. Please note the connection to the "Web Stewardship" headlights task force.

Learn more about the Brand Task Force

W3C Anniversaries

Led by Marilyn Siderwicz <msiderwicz@w3.org>

W3C should organize some way to recognize the 20th anniversary of W3C (and 25th of the Web) in 2014. The form of recognition is to be determined (e.g., one event, multiple events, online activities, etc.). This headlights task force will discuss what sort of celebration W3C should organize, and what partnerships will help us achieve those goals. This project connects closely with other headlights projects, as the anniversary would be an important opportunity to disseminate the new brand and launch an updated Web site.

Learn more about the Anniversaries Task Force

Site Redesign

Led by Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>

W3C reaches multiple audiences through different parts of its Web site. External audiences include technical and business users. Internal audiences include the Membership and groups (Working Groups, Interest Groups, etc.). The purpose of this project is to identify ways to better serve these audiences through our Web site.

The current public site and portions of the Member site were launched in 2009. There have been many changes at W3C since then, including audience expectations and how we want to meet their needs, the launch of webplatform.org, and of course Web technology itself, enabling improved user experiences.

This task force will identify core audiences and their needs, propose a prioritization and site redesign plan to W3C management. If funded, we would then carry out the plan presumably for a 2014 launch. Please note the connection to the "W3C Branding" task force, which will renew our visual identity.

Public wiki for redesign notes


Group Analytics and Dashboards

Led by Ted Guild <ted@w3.org>

At times it is useful to know what groups are active, inactive, expanding, contracting, concluding, producing specs or ready for a new stage rechartering or graduating from CG to WG. Data about groups would be useful to management, to business development, Members, organizations and individuals wondering about timing of getting involved and the groups themselves. The proposal is to identify key audiences, understand through discussions with them what data and analytics would help them achieve their goals, and discuss ideas for visualizing that data, e.g,. through dashboards. This project would present new dashboards or other services using the templates provided by the site redesign project.

Group Chair Training

Led by Philippe Le Hégaret <plh@w3.org> and Thomas Roessler <tlr@w3.org>

Working Group chairs play a critical role to W3C's success, as they drive consensus and operations of our groups. While chairing is an art, not a craft, the community has requested additional training, especially for new chairs.

At this time, a lot of W3C's chair training is informal, and "on the job", with a steep learning curve. A lot of the training on the job is in the hands of Team Contacts. As we grow into additional areas and recruit Working Group chairs from outside our core community, the need for more systematic and improved Chair training becomes evident. The purpose of this headlights project is to establish a training curriculum for chairs, part modernized guidebook for self-study, and part in-person training session for groups of chairs. For the in-person part, drawing upon existing chairs and their expertise and experience would be an important element.


  • 1 February: Announcement to public and Membership and invitations to participate
  • 19 February: Formal "launch dates" for task forces
  • 20 February - June: Idea Development
  • 9-11 June: Discussion at AC Meeting 2013
  • June - July: Further refinement
  • July: W3M will prioritize mature proposals and (re)allocate resources to pursuing some of them.