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The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international community that develops open standards to ensure the long-term growth of the Web. 


The mission of the Web Real-Time Communications Working Group, created in May 2011, and renewed in July 2015 is to define client-side APIs to enable Real-Time Communications in Web browsers.

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The mission of the Data on the Web Best Practices Working Group is:

  1. to develop the open data ecosystem, facilitating better communication between developers and publishers;
  2. to provide guidance to publishers that will improve consistency in the way data is managed, thus promoting the re-use of data;
  3. to foster trust in the data among developers, whatever technology they choose to use, increasing the potential for genuine innovation.

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The mission of the Device APIs Working Group is to create client-side APIs that enable the development of Web Applications and Web Widgets that interact with devices services such as Calendar, Contacts, Camera, etc.

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The Browser Testing and Tools Working Group produces technologies for use in testing, debugging, and troubleshooting of Web applications running in Web browsers.

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The mission of the Automotive Working Group is to develop Open Web Platform specifications for HTML5/JavaScript application developers enabling Web connectivity through in-vehicle infotainment systems and vehicle data access protocols.

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The Group is part of the Security Activity.

The XML Core Working Group operates according to this charter. You can get involved by joining the W3C or by reading working drafts listed on this page and sending your comments to the addresses given in each draft.

The mission of the Web Security Interest Group is to serve as a forum for discussions on improving standards and implementations to advance the security of the Web.

The mission of the Web Payments Interest Group, part of the Web Payments Activity, is to provide a forum for Web Payments technical discussions to identify use cases and requirements for existing and/or new specifications to ease payments on the Web for users (payers) and merchants (payees), and to establish a common ground for payment service providers on the Web Platform.

The purpose of the Web Payments Community Group is to discuss, research, prototype, and create working systems that enable Universal Payment for the Web.

The Web Cryptography Working Group will develop a Recommendation-track document that defines an API that lets developers implement secure application protocols on the level of Web applications, including message confidentiality and authentication services, by exposing trusted cryptographic primitives from the browser.

Consistent with W3C Process requirements on Task Forces, the WCAG WG may form task forces composed of WCAG WG participants or join other W3C task forces to carry out assignments when under the chartered scope of WCAG WG. Any such task force must have a work statement (including objectives, communication, participation, and leadership) that has been announced on the WCAG WG mailing list, approved by the WCAG WG, and is available from the WCAG WG home page. WCAG WG task forces should produce requirements documents that outline the scope and expectations for work. Task forces may set up separate teleconferences and hold face-to-face meetings per the W3C process and with the approval of the WCAG WG.

As Web browsers and the Web engine components that power them become ubiquitous across a range of operating systems and devices, developers are increasingly using Web technologies to build applications and are relying on Web engines as application runtime environments.

Modern Web Applications are composed of many parts and technologies. They may transclude, reference or have information flows between resources at the same, related or different origins.

Launched in February 2011, the Web and TV Interest Group is to provide a forum for Web and TV technical discussions, to review existing work, as well as the relationship between services on the Web and TV services, and to identify requirements and potential solutions to ensure that the Web will function well with TV.

The Web and TV Interest Group's scope covers Web-based media distribution which is currently done by media services over a variety of distribution channels (IP, satellite and terrestrial broadcasting, cable, telecomm, etc.) to a variety of devices (TV-sets, phones, tablets, PCs, game machines, etc.).

The Web and Mobile Interest Group is a forum for discussion of requirements of Web technologies that enable the development of competitive products and services that operate on mobile devices, or use mobile devices as hubs of connected user experiences.

The User Agent Accessibility Guidelines explain to user agent developers how to make their products more accessible to people with disabilities and for increasing usability for all users.

The Tracking Protection Working Group is chartered to improve user privacy and user control by defining mechanisms for expressing user preferences around Web tracking and for blocking or allowing Web tracking elements.

The TAG is a special working group within the W3C, chartered (under the W3C Process Document) with stewardship of the Web architecture.

The mission of the Spatial Data on the Web Working Group is to clarify and formalize the relevant standards landscape.

The Social Web Working Group will create Recommendation Track deliverables that standardize a common JSON-based syntax for social data, a client-side API, and a Web protocol for federating social information such as status updates.

The mission of the Research and Development Working Group (RDWG) is to increase the incorporation of accessibility considerations into research on web technologies, and to identify projects researching web accessibility and suggest research questions that may contribute to new projects.

The PFWG looks at the formal Web technologies (protocols, formats, etc.) from an accessibility perspective.

The evolution of Web technologies has increased collection, processing and publication of personal data.

Provide internationalization advice to other groups developing Web standards, and review their specifications (mostly W3C groups, but we also get involved in Unicode, IDN, IETF and other work).

The Internationalization (I18N) Interest Group is part of the W3C Internationalization Activity.

The HTML Working Group works in public, with details in the WG's Work Mode document. Our mailing list, public-html, is opened to the public.

The number of Web enabled devices that are location-aware has increased markedly as of late. Such devices include mobile phones with cell triangulation or Global Positioning System (GPS) capabilities, laptops with Wi-Fi triangulation capabilities and GPS receivers.

The Evaluation and Repair Tools Working Group (ERT WG) develops techniques to evaluate and repair Web content for accessibility.

The mission of the Education and Outreach Working Group (EOWG) is to develop strategies and resources to promote awareness, understanding, and implementation of web accessibility;

The mission of the Digital Publishing Interest Group is to provide a technical forum for experts in the digital publishing ecosystem to hold discussions and recommend solutions regarding a future vision of Digital Publishing.

The mission of the Data on the Web Best Practices Working Group, part of the Data Activity, is:

The Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) Working Group (ATAG WG) develops guidelines and techniques to assist authoring tool software developers to make tools, and the content that the tools generate, more accessible to people with disabilities.