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<!DOCTYPE html>
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<html lang="en">
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    <meta name="keywords" content="W3C, World Wide Web, Web, WWW, Consortium, process, Team, Recommendation, Advisory Committee, Advisory Board, Working Group, Coordination Group, Interest Group, W3C Activity, Workshop, Symposium, charter, Activity Proposal, Working Draft, Process Document, Candidate Recommendation, Director, Proposed Recommendation, Last Call, Submission request">
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    <title>World Wide Web Consortium Process Document</title>
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     .diagram { text-align: center; margin: 2.5em 0 }
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      .issue:before {content: "Issue: "}
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      .issue {border: 2px dashed red; background-color: #ffa;}
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      .rfc2119 {font-variant:small-caps}
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</style> <!--[if lt IE 9]><script src='undefined://www.w3.org/2008/site/js/html5shiv.js'></script><![endif]-->
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    <div class="head"><a href="http://www.w3.org/"><img alt="W3C" src="https://www.w3.org/Icons/w3c_home" height="48" width="72"></a>
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      <h1>W3C Draft Process Document</h1>
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      <h2 class="notoc">28 January 2015 Editor's Draft</h2>
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      <dl>
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        <dt>Latest Editor's version:</dt>
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        <dd> <a href="https://dvcs.w3.org/hg/AB/raw-file/default/cover.html">https://dvcs.w3.org/hg/AB/raw-file/default/cover.html</a></dd>
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        <dt>Latest operative version:</dt>
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        <dd><a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Process/">http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Process/</a></dd>
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        <dt>Editor:</dt>
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        <dd>Charles McCathie Nevile, <a style="color:black" href="http://yandex.com"><span style="color: red;">Y</span>andex</a>—<a style="color:black"
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            href="http://yandex.ru"><span
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              style="color: red;">Я</span>ндекс</a></dd>
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        <dt>Previous editor:</dt>
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        <dd>Ian Jacobs, <a href="http://www.w3.org/">W3C</a></dd>
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      </dl>
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      <p class="copyright"><a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Legal/ipr-notice#Copyright">Copyright</a> © 1996-2015 <a href="/"><abbr title="World Wide Web Consortium">W3C</abbr></a><sup>®</sup>
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        (<a href="http://www.csail.mit.edu/"><abbr title="Massachusetts Institute of Technology">MIT</abbr></a>, <a href="http://www.ercim.eu/"><abbr
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            title="European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics">ERCIM</abbr></a>,
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        <a href="http://www.keio.ac.jp/">Keio</a>, <a href="http://ev.buaa.edu.cn/">Beihang</a>), All Rights Reserved. W3C <a href="/Consortium/Legal/ipr-notice#Legal_Disclaimer">liability</a>,
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        <a href="/Consortium/Legal/ipr-notice#W3C_Trademarks">trademark</a>, <a rel="Copyright" href="/Consortium/Legal/copyright-documents">document
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          use</a> and <a rel="Copyright" href="/Consortium/Legal/copyright-software">software licensing</a> rules apply. Your interactions
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        with this site are in accordance with our <a href="/Consortium/Legal/privacy-statement#Public">public</a> and <a href="/Consortium/Legal/privacy-statement#Members">Member</a>
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        privacy statements.</p>
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      <hr></div>
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    <h2 class="notoc"><a id="abstract">Abstract</a></h2>
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    <p>The mission of the World Wide Web Consortium (<abbr>W3C</abbr>) is to lead the World Wide Web to its full potential by developing
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      common protocols that promote its evolution and ensure its interoperability. The W3C Process Document describes the organizational
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      structure of the W3C and the processes related to the responsibilities and functions they exercise to enable W3C to accomplish its
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      mission. This document does not describe the internal workings of the Team or W3C's public communication mechanisms.</p>
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    <p>For more information about the W3C mission and the history of W3C, please refer to <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/">About W3C</a>
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      [<a href="#ref-mission">PUB15</a>].</p>
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    <h2 class="notoc" id="status">Status of this Document</h2>
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    <p>W3C, including all existing chartered groups, follows the <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Process/">most recent operative
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        Process Document</a> announced to the Membership.</p>
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    <p>This document is developed by the Advisory Board's Process Task Force (which anyone may join) working within the <a href="http://www.w3.org/community/w3process/">Revising
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        W3C Process Community Group</a>. This is the 28 January 2015 Editor's draft for the proposed next version of the W3C Process
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      Document. This document is based on the 30 September review draft, itself based on the 1 August 2014 Process, developed between the <a
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        href="/2002/ab/">W3C
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        Advisory Board</a> and the <a href="http://www.w3.org/community/w3process/">Revising W3C Process Community Group</a> and adopted as
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      the currently operative Process.</p>
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    <p>Note that sections have not been renumbered from the current Operative version. This is intended to facilitate comparison for review,
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      but renumbering will occur before adoption of a New Process document.</p>
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    <p>In <em>this draft</em> various minor editorial and markup corrections have been made. A <a href="#changes">change history</a>
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      (compared to the 2014 Process Document) forms part of the draft.</p>
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    <p>The document will continue to be developed in preparation for adopting a revised process in 2015. A further revision is anticipated,
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      to be adopted in 2016.</p>
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    <p>Comment is invited on the draft. Please send comments to <a href="mailto:public-w3process@w3.org">public-w3process@w3.org</a> (<a href="http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-w3process/">Mailing
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        list archive</a>, publicly available) or to process-issues@w3.org (<a href="http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Member/process-issues">Member-only
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        archive</a>). A <a href="https://www.w3.org/community/w3process/track/">Public Issue Tracker</a> and <a href="https://dvcs.w3.org/hg/AB/">detailed
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        changelogs</a> are available online. </p>
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    <h2 class="notoc" id="pp">Relation of Process Document to Patent Policy</h2>
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    <p>W3C Members' attention is called to the fact that provisions of the Process Document are binding on Members per the <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Agreement/Member-Agreement">Membership
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        Agreement</a> [<a href="#ref-member-agreement">PUB6</a>]. The Patent Policy <a href="http://www.w3.org/Consortium/Patent-Policy">W3C
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        Patent Policy</a> [<a href="#ref-patentpolicy">PUB33</a>] is incorporated by normative reference as a part of the Process Document,
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      and is thus equally binding.</p>
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    <p>The Patent Policy places additional obligations on Members, Team, and other participants in W3C. The Process Document does not
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      restate those requirements but includes references to them. The Process Document and Patent Policy have been designed so that they may
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      evolve independently.</p>
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    <p>In the Process Document, the term "participant" refers to an individual, not an organization.</p>