|During 2004, W3C
celebrated the tenth anniversary of the founding of the World Wide Web
Consortium. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develops interoperable
technologies (specifications, guidelines, software, and tools) to lead
the Web to its full potential. W3C is a forum for information, commerce,
communication, and collective understanding.
In 1994, the formation of the World Wide Web
Consortium was motivated by increasing demands from a wide range of
organizations and their markets for Web infrastructure that is based on
open, interoperable standards. Today, corporations, research groups,
non-profit organizations and governmental agencies are enjoying a return
on investments by partnering their capabilities to the collaborative
power of nearly 400 Member organizations and the Consortium's technical
staff in leading the future development of the World Wide Web.
As a W3C Member, the most important measure of value in joining the
Consortium can be found in the adoption of W3C specifications worldwide,
and the growing dependence of global commerce and information exchange
upon these specifications. W3C Members help pioneer this growth process.
Levels of involvement can range from simply associating your
organization with W3C endeavors, receiving early access of
Member-confidential information, assisting with driving work efforts,
generating new ideas, and/or developing future Web technologies.