What Does W3C Mean in a Text?

W3C means "World Wide Web Consortium."

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is the main international standards organization for the World Wide Web (W3). Founded in 1994 by the Web's inventor, Tim Berners-Lee, W3C is where member organizations, staff, and the public work together to develop open web standards. W3C's mission is to lead the Web to its full potential, ensuring its longevity and accessibility by developing protocols and guidelines that ensure long-term growth.

Key standards like HTML, CSS, and XML have been developed under W3C. Through the creation and maintenance of these standards, W3C ensures the Web remains an open, accessible, and universal platform for information exchange, regardless of hardware, software, or network infrastructure.

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meaning of W3C

"World Wide Web Consortium"

Summary of Key Points

"World Wide Web Consortium" is the most common definition for W3C on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:World Wide Web Consortium
Guessability:guessability level 3
3: Guessable
Typical Users:typical user

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An Academic Look at W3C

W3C is classified as an "internet slang term" by our team, because some of its characters are used as substitutes for letters. "Slang terms" differ from emoticons because they are not pictorial representations.

W3C can also be is classified as a type of numeronym, which is a number-based word. Numeronyms can be formed in various ways, such as:
  • Shortening a word by replacing a sequence of letters with the count of those letters (e.g., i18n for "internationalization" and a11y for "accessibility").
  • Combining letters and numbers (e.g, W3, W3C, and K9 for "canine").
  • Using numbers to represent letters or words (e.g., 143 for "I love you," 637 for "always and forever," and 5201314 for "I will love you for a lifetime").

Using Numbers in Texts

This video shows the different ways that numbers are used in "text speak":

Example of W3C Used in a Text

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