Organization of the World Wide Web Consortium
- Domains (Architecture, User Interface, Technology and Society, Web
Accessibility Initiative (WAI))
- Activities (e.g. XML).
- Organized into groups:
- Working Groups: chartered technical development.
- Interest Groups: more general work.
- Coordination Groups: manage dependencies between related
- Discussion happens on (member restricted or public) mailing lists,
teleconf, and face-to-face meetings.
- W3C follows the W3C
- Technology development cycle:
- Working Draft -- Intermediate steps
- Last Call Working Draft -- WG thinks its addressed its
- Candidate Recommendation -- Implementation/interop.
- Proposed Recommendation -- referred to W3C Advisory Committee
- Recommendation -- Recommended by W3C Director.
Working Group Roles
- A Chairperson is responsible for the operation of the WG towards
satisfying its charter.
- An Editor is responsible for reflecting the proposals and consensus
of the WG within the specification.
- Staff Contact
- A Staff Contact is a process/publication consultant to the
Chair(s)/WG and liaison to the Director/Team.
- Participants are obligated to disclose patents that might be relevant
to the work.
- "Any intellectual property essential to implement specifications
produced by this Activity must be at least available for licensing on a
royalty free license."