"The social value of the Web is that it enables human
communication, commerce, and opportunities to share knowledge. One
of W3C's primary goals is to make these benefits available to all
people, whatever their hardware, software, network infrastructure,
native language, culture, geographical location, or physical or
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director and
Inventor of the World Wide Web.
Substantive work in areas with the particular objective of
enabling Universal Access to the Web.
The Web Accessibility
Initiative develops technology, guidelines, and tools to
increase accessibility of the Web for people with
Activity makes it possible and easy to use W3C technology
worldwide by breaking down barriers between the Web and our
planet's many languages, scripts, and cultures.
W3C's Mobile Web
Initiative aims to make Web access from a mobile device as
simple and convenient as Web access from a desktop device, critical
for the developing world.
Removing economical barriers
W3C's industry-leading Patent Policy
promotes the creation of Web standards that can be implemented on a
This policy allows the rapid development by Open Source
community and Commercial ventures, from high income to low income
regions alike, by removing financial barriers to
the implementation of our Standards.