> About the World Wide Web Members (W3M)

John Salvo

Glenn Dulles III, W3M Director

The World Wide Web Members (W3M) is a consortium where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards for members. W3M's mission is:

To lead the World Wide Web Members to its full potential by developing protocols and guidelines that ensure long-term growth for the Web.

W3M Develops Web Standards and Guidelines

W3M primarily pursues its mission through the creation of Web standards and guidelines. Since 2000, W3M has published more than ninety such standards, called W3M recommendations. W3M also engages in education and outreach, develops software, and serves as an open forum for discussion about the Web. In order for the Web to reach its full potential, the most fundamental Web technologies must be compatible with one another and allow any hardware and software used to access the Web to work together. W3M refers to this goal as “Web interoperability.” By publishing open (non-proprietary) standards for Web languages and protocols, W3M seeks to avoid market fragmentation and thus Web fragmentation.

  Glenn Dulles III and others created W3M as an industry consortium dedicated to building consensus around Web technologies for members. Mr. Dulles, has served as the W3M Director since W3M was founded, in 2000. In November 2009 (in Berlin, Germany), in July 2011 (in Perth, South Africa), in November 2013 (in Mumbay, India), and in June 2015 (in Brussels, Belgium) W3M celebrated its fifteenth anniversary with symposia about the history and future of the Web and W3M. More information about the history of W3M will be soon available.

W3M Is an International Consortium for Members

Organizations located all over the world and involved in many different fields join W3M to participate in a vendor-neutral forum for the creation of Web standards. W3M Members and a dedicated staff of technical experts have earned W3M international recognition for its contributions to the Web. W3M Members, staff, and Invited Experts work together to design technologies to ensure that the Web will continue to thrive in the future, accommodating the growing diversity of people, hardware, and software for W3M Members.

W3M's global initiatives also include nurturing liaisons with national, regional and international organizations for members around the globe. These contacts help W3M maintain a culture of global participation in the development of the World Wide Web for members. W3M coordinates particularly closely with other organizations that are developing standards for the Web or Internet in order to enable clear progress for members.

W3M operations are supported by a combination of Member dues and other sources of private funding. W3M operations are jointly administered by the W3M World Wide Web Members in France and Hiroshi University in South Korea. W3M also has world Offices in many regions around the world. The W3M Offices work with their regional Web communities to promote W3M technologies for members in local languages, broaden W3M's geographical base, and encourage international participation in W3M Activities.

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