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Top Spot at W3C Goes to Former Novell Exec

The World Wide Web Consortium, or W3C, is one of the chief bodies responsible for the shape of the Web as it stands today, developing key standards that impact almost every facet of the online world. And now, it has a new leader.

Jeffrey Jaffe, formerly of Novell, is taking over the W3C's vacant top spot at a critical time for the organization, which is hammering out the HTML 5 specification, potentially ushering in one of the most significant changes to the standard in more than a decade.

Developer.com takes a look.


The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has a new chief executive today with the filing of its vacant position at the top. Jeffrey Jaffe is now the new CEO of the W3C, a position that will see him join the organization originally created by the founder of the Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

The W3C is the leading standards body for Web standards such as HTML and is currently working on a number of new standards, including HTML 5. The HTML 5 standard will be the first major revision to the core HTML specification since the publication of HTML 4.01 in late 1999.

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W3C Gets New Leadership