n. (abbr. W3C)an international member organization that drafts and manages standards to support development of web resourcesPitti 1997, 278In 1996 the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) founded the XML Working Group to build a set of specifications that would make it easier to use SGML on the Web. The working group, in a short period of time, wrote a specification for a simplified subset of SGML named Extensible Markup Language (XML). Both Microsoft and Netscape have committed to fully implementing XML in their Internet browsers.Dorman 1999, 89If the current version of XML does lack some of the relationship features of MARC, then a strong library presence in the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium, the standards-making body for the Web) would ensure that XML evolves to meet the needs of the library community.Johnson 2008, 204The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is a group of scientists who draft recommendations for the World Wide Web.Prom 2011a, 160, fn. 6The World Wide Web Consortium (http://www.w3.org) develops and maintains the standards, such as XHTML, SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol), RDF (Resource Discovery Framework), and OWL2 (Web Ontology Language), that facilitate the development of new access methods.Schmidt 2011b, 259Most major email preservation projects prefer solutions that incorporate the use of Extensible Markup Language (XML), an open standard established by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).W3C 2023The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international community where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards. Led by Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee, Interim CEO Ralph Swick and a Board of Directors, W3C’s mission is to lead the Web to its full potential.
W3C developed Extensible Markup Language (XML), upon which archival standards such as EAD and EAC-CPF are built.