What is the World Wide Web Consortium – W3C?

W3C is short for World Wide Web Consortium. The W3C sets the technical specifications and guidelines for the World Wide Web


In October 1994, Tim Berners-Lee founded the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in collaboration with CERN and with support from DARPA and the European Commission.

The mission of the W3C is to develop protocols and guidelines for the long-term growth of the World Wide Web. Some of the well-known technologies that have been standardised by the W3C include HTML, XML, CSS and SVG.

Design guidelines and vision: ‘Web for all’ and ‘Web on Everything’

The W3C provides standards (so-called RFCs, Request for Comment) in order to make the web accessible and barrier-free for all.

The WWW enables communication, trade and the exchange of knowledge between people, and these things should be available to everyone, regardless of hardware, software, language and culture.
The vision of the W3C is to enable web access from anywhere, anytime, and with any device.

Steve Paine