The internet is a complicated place. With all of the HTTP, FTP, HTML, PHP and ASP letters floating around, who keeps track of this stuff? The answer is The World Wide Web Consortium.
The World Wide Web Consortium, or W3C, is an international consortium that has worked to develop standards throughout the Web since 1994. These standards, called W3C Recommendations, ensure us that the websites we view are set to a standard that makes it easy to both design, develop, and view. The very goal of the W3C is to help create a single World Wide Web that is capable of growing long-term and is accessible to everyone.
The value of the W3C in today’s Web is extremely important. There are many devices today that are capable of carrying the Web, such as typical internet browsers, mobile and smart phones, and PDA’s just to name a few. The W3C’s Recommendations help to make sure the Web can be viewed on all of these devices. They also offer validation services to help developers create websites and Web applications that follow standards and that can be viewed by you or me. Most importantly, the W3C furthers the Web’s ability to enhance communication, strengthen commerce, and boost our ability to gain and share knowledge with others.
That is a quick snapshot of the World Wide Web Consortium. So the next time you open up your web browser or mobile phone and browse to whatever website you choose, you have the W3C to thank for making it possible. They are out there working to improve the Web (and create a lot less headaches).