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World Wide Web Consortium

Leading the World to its Full Potential...

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W3C stands for World Wide Web Consortium. The W3C is an international consortium of organizations, the public, and the W3C staff working together to develop the standards for the World Wide Web.

From the W3.org website the mission of the W3C is: “To lead the World Wide Web to its full potential by developing protocols and guidelines that ensure long-term growth for the Web.” W3C believes in "one web" and keeping the World Wide Web as one single network available to everyone, worldwide.

The inventor of the World Wide Web, and Director of W3C, is Tim Berners-Lee.

The W3C has been in existence since 1994 and has members in countries around the world. W3C has headquarter offices in fifteen countries worldwide and this diversity helps to insure it’s work encompasses the needs of technologies of various languages.

The W3C works to develop web guidelines and standards to insure that the World Wide Web will continue to grow and accommodate our changing world and technology. W3C has a main goal of keeping the World Wide Web working together and not allowing various corporations or technologies to fragment the web.

The W3C has published 90 W3C Recommendations since its creation. These Recommendations serve as standards and guidelines for development of the World Wide Web. All W3C Recommendations carry the goal of "one web."

W3C obtains it’s funding through a combination of research grants, Member dues, and various other sources of both public and private funding.

W3C supports one web, mobile web browsing, and knowledge. W3C understands the changes taking place in technology and supports mobile web access. W3C has been working since 2005 on its “Mobile Web Initiative” with a goal of making web access as easy from any type of devide as it is from a standard desktop computer. This Mobile Web Initiative is working with technologies such as cellular phones and PDAs.

One of the other main long-term goals for W3C is to promote technologies which enable trust and security in online transactions. W3C understands that technology itself cannot keep transactions safe, but believes it is possible to ensure privacy and confidentiality through its standards and guidelines.

Another main long-term goal of W3C is interoperability of all web formats and protocols. The W3C supports non-proprietary software and hardware solutions. They believe that keeping everyone, worldwide, on the same page with their protocols and hardware will help to ensure "one web" for all.

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World Wide Web Consortium
+1 617 253 2613
Worldwide addresses and contact information:
http://www.w3.org/Consortium/contact

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c/o MIT
Cambridge, MA 02139 USA

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