The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international consortium in which member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop web standards. W3C’s mission is to lead
the World Wide Web to its full potential by developing protocols and guidelines that ensure long-term growth for the web.
Tim Berners-Lee and others created W3C as an industry consortium dedicated to building consensus around web technologies. W3C employs technical staff fully committed to working on W3C tasks through three hosts: ERCIM (for Europe), MIT (for the Americas), and Keio University (for Asia).
W3C has a proven track record of success and has contributed to what may be some of the most important developments in the IT and Internet industry in the last ten years, including the development of XML and, of course, the development of the web itself.