W3C in a few words
W3C well-known standards HTML and CSS are the foundational technologies upon which websites are built. The Web Consortium also provides the standards that undergird modern businesses on the web, in areas such as entertainment, communications, digital publishing, and financial services.
W3C specifications are created in the open, provided for free under the groundbreaking W3C Patent Policy and meet the needs of civil society in terms of accessibility, internationalization, security, and privacy.
Mission & story
The mission of the Web Consortium is to lead the Web to its full potential by creating technical standards and guidelines to ensure that the Web remains open, accessible, and interoperable for everyone around the globe.
W3C's vision for "One Web" brings together thousands of dedicated technologists representing more than 450 member organizations and dozens of industry sectors. W3C is a public-interest non-profit organization incorporated in the United States of America, led by a Board of Directors and employing a global staff across the globe.
Founded in 1994 as a global consortium by Web Inventor Tim Berners-Lee to foster a consistent architecture accommodating progress in web standards, the World Wide Web Consortium relaunched in 2023 by forming an independent organization preserving the member-oriented approach, existing worldwide outreach and cooperation, as well as the core process and mission to shepherd the Web by developing open web standards as a single global organization with contributions from W3C Members, staff, and the international community.
Awards & recognition
In 2011, the World Wide Web Consortium was ranked number one in the Top 50 achievements associated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in its first 150 years.
For its work to make online videos more accessible with captions and subtitles, W3C received a 2016 Emmy Award. For its work to standardize a Full TV Experience on the Web, W3C received a 2019 Emmy Award. And for its work standardizing font technology for custom downloadable fonts and typography for web and TV devices, W3C received a 2021 Emmy Award.
There are over 2 billion websites on the Web today and a significant number of these, whether large or small, use HTML, CSS and other Web Consortium technologies. From technology powering search engines and blogs, to videoconferencing, W3C standards have been in use since 1996 and are mapping out the future.
Our reach even extends beyond this planet: NASA has used our technologies in the Spirit and Opportunity Mars rovers.
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Refer to us
You may refer to us as "the World Wide Web Consortium", "the Web Consortium" or "W3C", but not "the W3C".
When using the acronym, please treat it as a proper noun, unless the acronym is used as a singular adjective (e.g., "The W3C Team is small but mighty.")
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W3C Staff and Working Group participants are among the world's experts in Web technologies and their impacts. The Marketing & Communications Team will help put you in touch with these experts to answer questions on Web technologies, Web standards, and the way W3C does its work.
W3C experts are pleased to be resources to news media and analysts and are happy to schedule interviews or briefings whenever possible. Please send all requests to email@example.com.
Be mindful that interview and briefing requests are currently reviewed in US Eastern timezone. Due to the nature of W3C's distributed global team, request for interviews with short lead times may be challenging for us to accommodate.
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The W3C CEO is responsible for all of W3C's global operations, for maintaining the interests of all of W3C's stakeholders, and for sustaining a culture of cooperation and transparency, so that W3C continues to be the leading forum for the technical development and stewardship of the Web. Together with Tim Berners-Lee, staff, members and other public stakeholders, the W3C CEO develops and communicates the strategic vision and mission of W3C.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee Interviews
Due to the volume of requests for Sir Tim Berners-Lee, we cannot guarantee a prompt reply to your request. We will do our best to reply within a reasonable time.
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