World Wide Web Consortium

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international consortium of individuals and businesses that develops Web standards. Its mission is “to lead the World Wide Web to its full potential by developing protocols and guidelines that ensure long-term growth for the Web.”1 In order for the Web to reach its full potential, Web technologies must be compatible with one another. In addition to its membership, the W3C has a full-time staff and collaborates with researchers, allowing it to develop standards-compliant software and deliver education programs.

The W3C has produced more than ninety standards and guidelines since its creation in 1994. W3C standards are called “W3C Recommendations.” It also hosts a number of international e-mail forums for implementers and users of standards around the world to exchange ideas, contribute to standards development, and provide peer support.

The W3C produces recommendations in the following language-related areas:

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