World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is the main international standards organisation that creates and publishes standards for the World Wide Web. It was founded in 1994 by the inventor of the World Wide Web – Tim Berners-Lee. As of June 2021, the organisation has 438 members, ranging from businesses and government entities to individuals.
According to their website, the mission of the organisation “is to lead the World Wide Web to its full potential by developing protocols and guidelines that ensure the long-term growth of the Web”. By following the W3C guidelines, software developers ensure that their websites and applications work with different Web technologies, such as browsers.
W3C standards are, for example, HTML, XML, DOM, CSS, and SVG. Find out more about the World Wide Web Consortium here.