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IETF/W3C Liaison

This page collects general information about the liaison between the IETF and the W3C.

W3C Details

The World Wide Web Consortium is charged with "leading the Web to its full potential," and as part of that maintains several specifications that are used widely in the IETF, including HTML, the XML family of specifications, and SOAP.

The current liaison representatives of the W3C can be found in the W3C's table of liaisons.

The W3C's Process document details considerations regarding liaisons; additionally, there is a complete list of liaisons that the W3C engages in.

IETF Details

The Internet Engineering Task Force maintains most Internet "core" standards (e.g., BGP, IP, TCP, DNS) and many Web-related "application" standards (e.g., HTTP, URI, Atom).

The current liaison representatives of the IETF are:

  • Mark Nottingham -

See also the full list of IETF liaison activities, the IAB process for handling liaison relationships, and some informal guidance.

The IETF has a special mechanism for formal communication to other standards organisations, the Liason Statement; see the current listing of liaison statements.

Liaison Mailing Lists

Besides informal contact between the liaisons and others, there is a public mailing list,, that liaison communication takes place on. It is expected that this list will usually be used to find the appropriate venue for discussions, rather than having substantive technical discussion happen there.

Additionally, there is a private mailing list for administrative and confidential issues, available to the liaison representatives, IESG members, and W3C Team members. Contact your liaison representative for more information.

Liaison Meetings

The liaison holds regular teleconferences. Upcoming calls include:

  • 7 January, 2014, 1700 UTC
  • 5 February, 2014, 1700 UTC
  • ... and subsequent first Wednesday of the month

Agenda and minutes

Meeting Minutes

Meeting minutes are published after being approved.

Current / Ongoing Issues

Notes on issues of interest to the liaison.