What is the W3C?

The W3C wants to achieve through his work that can involve many people and organizations in the communications, trade, and the exchange of knowledge via the Internet, regardless of your Hardware, Software, and infrastructure.


The W3C was founded in 1994 by Tim Berners-Lee, the founder of the World Wide Web and the Hypertext markup language HTML and the Hypertext transfer Protocol, HTTP has developed. Currently, it is led by Tim Berners-Lee as a Director, and Jeffrey Jaffe as CEO, and has approximately 70 full-time employees.

The headquarters are located at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (mit) in the United States; the focus has offices in France, Japan and China. In addition, under the W3C, and has regional offices in many countries. The W3C is funded through member contributions, public funding, research contracts, and private donations.

Main tasks

The W3C operates the unification of the World Wide Web and the development of once-derived Standards. Universality, compatibility, and decentralization are key concerns. For this purpose, to be developed by the W3C called the recommendations and issued, according to which the aim of the application development and deployment involved persons and companies in the world. On a technical level, among other things, the areas include:

  • Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)
  • Extensible Markup Language (XML)
  • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
  • Document Object Model (DOM)
  • Portable Network Graphics (PNG)
  • Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)

The work of the W3C particularly aims to provide a common basis of trust and largely potential barriers for people with disabilities to dismantle. The latter is defined in the Directive on the accessibility of web content, better known as WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) and standardized.


The W3C has about 425 members; you can join both organizations as well as individuals. An application needs to be approved by the W3C. There is a full and associate memberships. The amount of the contribution is determined by the origin and the respective economy.

Members have the right to attend the semi-annual meetings of the Advisory Committee and participate in their own proposals. You have the opportunity to influence developments, and with the advantage of being early about all Upcoming fully informed and to be able to govern themselves accordingly.

In the Other end of opportunities far-reaching Networking. Prominent in the W3C Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla, Oracle, Siemens, and Wikimedia are represented, for example.

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