|Formation||1 October 1994|
|Purpose||Developing protocols and guidelines that ensure long-term growth for the Web.|
|Headquarters||Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States|
|Coordinates||42°21′43″N 71°05′26″W / 42.36194°N 71.09056°WCoordinates: 42°21′43″N 71°05′26″W / 42.36194°N 71.09056°W|
|460 member organizations|
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is the main international standards organization for the World Wide Web. Founded in 1994 and led by Tim Berners-Lee, the consortium is made up of member organizations that maintain full-time staff working together in the development of standards for the World Wide Web. As of 5 March 2023[update], W3C had 462 members. W3C also engages in education and outreach, develops software and serves as an open forum for discussion about the Web.
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