World Wide Web Consortium

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General Information
Stakeholder Group: Multistakeholder
Type: Standards Body
Country: United States
Region: North America


Issue Areas
Web standards
Twitter: Twitter.png@W3C

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is the primary organization responsible for global standards on the World Wide Web. These standards are developed by an international community where Member organizations, full-time staff, and the public.

The W3C mission is to lead the World Wide Web to its full potential by developing protocols and guidelines that ensure the long-term growth of the Web. Below we discuss important aspects of this mission, all of which further W3C's vision of One Web.


The consortium consists of over 470 member organizations. Membership in W3C is open to all types of organizations (including commercial, educational and governmental entities) and individuals. Any entity that can sign the Membership Agreement can become a Member. Members may be either for-profit or not-for-profit organizations. Most Members invest significant resources into Web technologies. They may be developing Web-based products, using Web technologies as an enabling medium, conducting research on the Web, or developing specifications based on W3C work.