This article was prompted by a comment in the opening new windows article, and is a request for the general feeling of web developers to how well-served they feel by the W3C.
Author: Gez Lemon
The World Wide Web Consortium (w3C) was founded in 1994 by Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the Web. The mission of the consortium is to ensure the web's infrastructure is scalable and robust. As a result of their work, the consortium hosts a series of technical specifications on the web's infrastructure. The goal of the consortium is to ensure universal access, taking into account technologies, cultural differences, abilities, and physical limitations; develop a semantic web to provide a better infrastructure to enable people to locate and organise documents tailored to the individual; and also takes into account the legal, commercial, and social implications of the web.
The W3C has a dedicated team of more than 60 researchers and engineers from around the world, and receives contributions from several hundred dedicated researchers and engineers working for member organisations. Membership of the consortium is available to any organisation, giving the organisation a voice in the strategic objectives of the W3C. The consortium also has a number of public email lists that act as a feeder for the many working groups.
Here's my broader point: The sort of people who influence the decision making process at W3C are neither representative of web designers/developers at large nor the average marketing dept. That's not their fault, W3C is an opt in process and these people have elected not to opt in therefore they don't get a say. However, I do believe that W3C are not good at encouraging people to have their say and the refusal to have any sort of flexibility is bizarre to say the least.
Do you think the W3C serves the community well in terms of what developers and designers want, along with business and marketing objectives?
Category: Web Standards.