The World Wide Web Consortium(W3C) is an international communitywhere Member organizations, a full-timestaff, and the public work together todevelop Web standards.The W3C mission is to lead the WorldWide Web to its full potential bydeveloping protocols and guidelinesthat ensure the long-term growth ofthe Web.
The following principles guide W3Cs workWeb for AllThe social value of the Web is that it enables humancommunication, commerce, and opportunities to shareknowledge. One of W3Cs primary goals is to make these benefitsavailable to all people, whatever their hardware, software,network infrastructure, native language, culture, geographicallocation, or physical or mental ability.Web on EverythingW3C is focusing on technologies to enable Web access anywhere,anytime, using any device. This includes Web access from mobile phonesand other mobile devices as well as use of Web technology in consumerelectronics, printers, interactive television, and even automobiles.
Web Accessibility InitiativeThe Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) develops strategies, guidelines, and resourcesto help make the Web accessible to people with disabilities.What is Web AccessibilityWeb accessibility means that people with disabilities can use theWeb. More specifically, Web accessibility means that people withdisabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact withthe Web, and that they can contribute to the Web. Webaccessibility also benefits others, including older people withchanging abilities due to aging.Why Web Accessibility is ImportantThe Web is an increasingly important resource in many aspects of life: education,employment, government, commerce, health care, recreation, and more. It isessential that the Web be accessible in order to provide equal access and equalopportunity to people with disabilities. An accessible Web can also help peoplewith disabilities more actively participate in society.