What Does W3 Define?
W3 has come to stand for a number of things,
which should be distinguished. These include
- The idea of a boundless information world in which all items have a
reference by which they can be retrieved;
- The address system (URI) ... implemented to make this possible,
despite many different protocols;
- A network protocol (HTTP) ... giving performance and features
not otherwise available;
- A markup language (HTML)... used for the transmission
of basic things ...
across the net;
- The body of data available on the Internet using all or some of the
preceding listed items.
From ``The World-Wide Web,''
by T. Berners-Lee, R. Cailliau, et al.,
Communications of the ACM,
v.37, No.8, Aug 1994, pp. 76-82.