Overview: The World Wide Web Consortium was created in October 1994 to lead the World Wide Web to its full potential by developing common protocols that promote its evolution and ensure its interoperability. W3C has around 500 global Member organizations. In October 1994, Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the Web, founded the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Laboratory for Computer Science (MIT/LCS) in collaboration with CERN (where the Web originated) and with support from DARPA and the European Commission. In April 1995, the INRIA (Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et Automatique) became the first European W3C host, followed by Keio University of Japan (Shonan Fujisawa Campus) in Asia in 1996. W3C continues to provide a vendor-neutral leadership in the evolution of the Web, including designing, developing, and promoting common technical standards.
Specifications: Available at: http://www.w3.org/TR/
IPR Policy: Available at: http://www.w3.org/IPR/
Current Status: Active