Who can join groups
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A variety of factors determine who can join which type of W3C group.
- If you work for a W3C Member
- Member employees may participate in any type of group at no cost.
- Only the Advisory Committee (AC) Representative of the Member is authorized to join a group; the Advisory Committee Representative then nominates employees to the group. When non-AC Representatives use the "join" interface for a group, they are given an opportunity to let their AC Representative know they want the Member to join.
- If you work for a non-Member organization
- Employees of non-Member organizations may participate in any Community Group. They may be invited by the Chair and Team Contact to participate in Working or Interest Groups.
See also: Comparison of group types
How to join a group
Create WG/IG page and BG/CG page
How Employees of Member Organizations Join a Group
- As a benefit of W3C Membership, a Member may participate in any W3C Working, Interest, Community, or Business Group.
- The only person may join a group on behalf of a W3C Member is the Advisory Committee Representative. The AC Rep then "appoints" participants in the group. The Advisory Committee Representative has a tool that displays all people known to be affiliated with the Member.
- Other Member employees may use a "join" form to send a request to their Advisory Committee Representative to join a group.
How Individuals Affiliated with non-Member Organizations Join a Group
- Individuals affiliated with non-Member organizations may request to participate in Working Groups as "invited experts"; see the instructions for invited experts. Most W3C Working Groups include a small number of invited experts. However, some, allow broad participation. Each Working Group Charter addresses participation.
- For some Interest Groups, the same rules apply as for Working Groups. However, some Interest Groups are simply mailing lists, in which case anybody may subscribe.
- Community Groups and Business Groups are open to all. Community Groups have no associated fee; Business Groups have fees for non-Members.
- For CGs and BGs that produce specifications, W3C seeks participation by organizations under the Contributor Agreement; more information is available
How Unaffiliated Individuals Join a Group
- The same rules apply as for Individuals Affiliated with non-Member Organizations. However, there is no "organizational patent commitment" expectation.
More Detailed Instructions for Joining
- For instructions on joining a Working Group, see the instructions for joining the Web Apps Working Group. There is a similar set of instructions for every W3C Working Group; see the list of groups and follow the link to the status page for the group, which has the link to the instructions for joining.
- For some Interest Groups, see the list of groups. For those that are only mailing lists, see information about subscribing and unsubscribing to mailing lists.
- For Community Groups and Business Groups, see the FAQ
- The W3C Process lists some requirements for participation in a Working or Interest Group
- Each Working or Interest Group Charter sets expectations about the time commitment for group participants.
- The Community and Business Group Process lists some participation requirements for those groups.
- See also the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.