The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international community that develops interoperable technologies (specifications, guidelines, software, and tools) to lead the Web to its full potential as a forum for information, commerce, communication, and collective understanding. W3C was created to ensure compatibility and agreement among industry members in the adoption of new standards.W3C India Office has been established under the aegis of “Technology Development for Indian Languages” at Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Govt. of India. TDIL Programme is engaging itself actively since 2006 with the all the stakeholders in the country to work towards internationalization of W3C Recommendations.
W3C India Office is a full voting member of W3C and is Advisory Committee Representative. It proposes to work in close collaboration with all stake holders of academia, Govt., Industry and Industry Associations. W3C India Office works as an independent entity under TDIL Programme, with the long term objective of enabling seamless web access in Indian Languages.
Role of W3C India Office
The futuristic and the very long-term goals of W3C India office are to enable all W3C Recommendations with 22 Indian languages so that seamless web for every Indian can be achieved.
i) W3C India Office will be apex body of W3C activities in India and would act as Single Window for Bi-directional communication between Stake holders and W3C Consortium.
ii) Education and Outreach to all stake holders, Promotion and proliferation of W3C Standards and communicating national level feedback to W3C for the existing and future standards of W3C.
iii) National Level Special Interest Groups (SIGs) in Technology Intensive areas will be setup in some priority areas to evolve National Recommendations.
iv) W3C India Office will run W3C India Portal and also circulate W3C News-letters to all Stakeholders in India. Bilingual News-Letters will be brought out to reach new segments of Stakeholders from International perspective.
W3C India office is presently looking after following standards with respect to Indian languages:
Some of the recommendations have been submitted to W3C corresponding Working Groups for possible consideration and deliberation by W3C. The main focus is on Web Internationalization & Standardization of all future web technology standards and ensuring proper and correct representations of Indian Languages in W3C standards.
For more information please refer W3C- India Office website.
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