The main activity of W3C Chapters is to nurture contacts with existing W3C Members, both with Headquarters in the Chapter Territories as well as Members with a presence in the territories, by holding Member-Only meetings and workshops, providing a forum for these W3C Members to work together.
W3C Chapters have a secondary role which is to build a community of individuals who either currently participate in W3C activities (as W3C Members or Community and Business Group participants) or who have a professional interest in learning more about W3Cs standards. Examples of the latter could be web developers for corporations, academics studying computer science or consultants who have contracts to improve their clients web presence.
Additionally, W3C Chapters:
- May have a network of Chapters associated with it which increases their span of responsibility and outreach.
- Create and support local networks interested in W3C technologies, and organize education and outreach events and general presentations (e.g., as stand-alone events or bound to a major conference).
- Sponsor and support local events where there is a focus on W3C topics. This can happen by contributing W3C related information (e.g., by providing a speaker, a conference track, participating in panels, running a booth, disseminating brochures) as well as by offering extra publicity to the event through the Chapter’s own marketing channels which may be augmented by the channels W3C uses for event promotion.
- Provide information on W3C’s activity to the local community and is the first point of contact for this community when it comes to addressing W3C-related technical questions and concerns.
- Build relationships with local authorities, government agencies, user groups, various local communities (e.g., accessibility groups) and local press (general and specialized), representing W3C’s position, and collecting and understanding local issues of interest to W3C.
- Work with the W3C Evangelists that have their Chapter Territory within the Evangelist’s coverage area to identify key contacts for the Evangelist.