Issue 33 – November 2011
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the joint technical committee ISO/IEC JTC 1, Information Technology recently announced formal approval of a package of W3C Web Services technologies as ISO/IEC Standards. As International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Standards, these widely deployed technologies now benefit from formal recognition from national bodies, which will promote interoperability and reduce market fragmentation, benefiting all users.
'This is good news to ensure that people can use the web anywhere, on any device,' says Jeff Jaffe, W3C CEO. 'The W3C membership has demonstrated strong support for this collaboration with the JTC 1 community to enhance global information and communications technology interoperability.
'W3C's Open Web platform is poised to be the interoperable platform of choice for an expanding Web of services, devices, and people. As these technologies become stable, the recognition by national bodies of W3C's community, process, and royalty-free patent policy will only grow in significance.'
W3C has developed processes and other policies that promote the development of high-quality, consensus-driven standards, many of which power the Web and enterprise computing. To many national bodies, the ISO and IEC brands will be more familiar than the W3C brand. In some cases, such as procurement, a country may be required to use ISO/IEC Standards. For these reasons and others, W3C believes that formal approval by JTC 1 of W3C standards as international Standards will increase deployment, reduce fragmentation, and provide all users with greater interoperability.
W3C is an international consortium where over 325 member organisations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards to ensure long-term growth for the web. W3C is jointly run by the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in the USA, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics in France, and Keio University in Japan, and has additional offices worldwide.