Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
| Editors: Ling Liu, M. Tamer Özsu


  • Serge MankovskiEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_1185


World Wide Web consortium


W3C is an international consortium for development of World Wide Web protocols and guidelines to ensure long-term growth of the Web.

Key Points

W3C was founded in 1994 by the inventor of the World Wide Web Tim Berners-Lee as a vendor-neutral forum for building consensus around Web technologies. The consortium consists of member organization and dedicated staff of technical experts. Membership is open to any organization or individual whose application is reviewed and approved by the W3C. Usually W3C members invest significant resources into the Web technologies.

W3C fulfils its mission by creation of recommendations enjoying status of international standards. In the first 10 years of existence, it produced over eighty W3C recommendations. W3C is responsible for such technologies as HTML, XHTML, XML, XML Schema, CSS, SOAP, WSDL and others. W3C members play a leading role in the development of the recommendations.

W3C initiatives involve...

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Recommended Reading

  1. 1.
    W3C. Available at: http://www.w3.org/

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CA Labs, CA Inc.ThornhillCanada

Section editors and affiliations

  • H.-Arno Jacobsen
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Elec. and Comp.Eng.Univ. of TorontoTorontoCanada