We are releasing today W3C Developers avenue, a one-stop page featuring the offerings and tools W3C has for Web developers, to guide them to what they need for their work. We are doing this to encourage greater developer engagement with W3C due to their increased importance leveraging the Open Web Platform.
This one-stop page presents the offerings and tools W3C has for Web developers:
- Free and open-source W3C validators, checkers and tools
- Discourse, to discuss and learn
- W3C Community Groups to propose and incubate new web technologies
- Learning, in a W3Cx MOOC or a course from W3DevCampus
- Testing the Web Forward
We had previously discussed Webizen, a proposed program to increase developer representation within W3C for a modest fee. Instead we have now dropped the fee, introduced a gratitude program, Friends, and focused on how W3C gives Web developers a greater voice, and which services they value in particular. Our free validators provide the Web a fair, reliable help in building Web content that works now and will work in the future. More than six thousand people have embraced W3C Community Groups since launch in 2011 and a considerable amount of incubated work transitioned to the W3C REC track. We are successfully teaching several thousands of Web developers via our free and premium Training program.
Our strong commitment to those who make the Web work feeds the virtuous circle of increasing developer engagement at W3C and the value of W3C to the community. We are making it easy for you to affiliate as Friends, take advantage of our offerings, and we encourage you to donate to support us in conducting the activities that fulfill the W3C’s mission.