W3C Launches New “Agile” Standards Development Platform

Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Aug 18, 2011 12:50 AM EDT
ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove
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By anyone’s measure, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has been one of the most important and influential standards development organizations of the information technology age. Without its efforts, the Web would literally not exist as we know it. But times change, and with change, even venerable – indeed, especially venerable – institutions must change with it. Happily, the W3C is taking the plunge.

Yesterday the W3C announced the launch of a light-weight way for non-members as well as members to initiate new open-source friendly standards development projects. It allows participants to take advantage of streamlined, off the shelf tools and policies to support their efforts, as well as the intellectual support of the W3C staff and member community. Where appropriate, a project can graduate to the formal W3C development process as well. The new programs are the result of extensive discussion and consensus building that began in two ad hoc working groups in which I was pleased to be invited to participate.

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