W3C - World Wide Web Consortium
What is the W3C?
Are you confused by the World Wide Web Consortium, or just want to know what it is? This article from the HTML/XML Guide will help you understand both the group that specifies the Web and the jargon that they use to do it.
Background of the W3C
Find out how the Consortium got started.
Glossary of W3C Jargon
An explanation of some of the more common jargon terms used on the World Wide Web Consortium site.
Ignore 2014 - Start Building HTML5 Now
HTML5 is the latest version of HTML, and the W3C estimates that it will be a recommended standard around 2014. This has caused many people to feel that they can and should just ignore it until then. But smart designers will start using it now, so that when there is full browser support they aren't left behind.
How to Join the W3C
Learn what it takes to become a member of the W3C.
How to Participate in the W3C
The W3C is only open to corporations - but there are ways for individuals to participate.
Do you want to work on building the Web? Find out about job opportunities.
There are many public mailing lists available to allow you to join in the discussion about Web technologies.
The list of corporations that are members of the W3C.
These are the recommendations that the W3C has approved. You'll find things like XHTML 1.0, CSS Level 1, and XML in this listing.
While English is the official language of the W3C, many of the specifications have been translated.
If you have more questions about the World Wide Web Consortium, the FAQ is the place to start.
Learn about the goals of the W3C and its role in the development of the Web.