The developer community (those who implement W3C standards) and the design community (those who use HTML, CSS, SVG, WOFF, and so on to build interfaces) turn to W3C for authoritative guidance. W3C recognizes the importance of test suites, validation and other quality assurance tools, tutorials, primers, curriculum and other materials that this community values. These services also help ensure proper adoption of W3C standards. You can help W3C reach this community through support of a number of programs for developers. Specific contacts are listed below; for general questions, contact Coralie Mercier <[email protected]>. All proposals for sponsorship are subject to W3C approval.
The W3C Validator is a popular tool for improving the quality of the Web. W3C wants to make it an even more useful tool for building Web documents and applications. W3C invites individual donations to help W3C improve the existing validation services and create new ones (e.g., targeting high-volume customers). Contact Vivien Lacourba <[email protected]>.
W3C recognizes the value of test suites in improving interoperability among Web software. W3C always welcomes contributions from the community to our test suites. In addition, we invite support so that we may increase our staff allocation to test suite development for technologies such as HTML5. Contact Philippe Le Hégaret <[email protected]>.
Design and implement proof-of-concept mobile-based Web authoring capabilities. This project will investigate existing tools to author Web content from mobile phones, identify existing gaps in the landscape, develop the requirements of the targeted tool through a community-based process involving potential users, tools manufacturers, etc. and develop a first version to demonstrate the concept and bootstrap an open source initiative. Estimated budget: $80K per year. Contact Judy Brewer <[email protected]>
Develop a coordinated package of W3C standards, guidelines and best practices in the "horizontal" areas of accessibility, multilingual support (including internationalization), device independence, and mobile web for outreach to a more globally diverse audience for W3C's work. Estimated budget: $150K per year for complete sponsorship; or $40K per year for each of the four horizontal areas. Contact Judy Brewer <[email protected]> and see also Web for All sponsorship opportunities.
Promote production of a WebCraft Curriculum by engaging the web community in development of materials at a rigorous level of requirements, primarily for use in educational institutions. Such materials developed for this audience would impact large numbers of people, but also be repurposable for self-teaching tutorials and training, and potentially for certification of trainers or students. One year initial project funding would allow recruitment of partner organizations and help catalyze a community effort to maintain and further expand an ongoing wiki-based curriculum, using a core of writers, invited vetted professionals, and public reviewers. Estimated budget: $150K one time. Contact Judy Brewer <[email protected]>..
Develop New W3C Branded Marcomm Materials. Estimated budget: $50K per year. Contact Coralie Mercier <[email protected]>