By Noah | January 29, 2009
On Tuesday, Tim Berners-Lee announced that he is appointing me to chair the W3C’s Technical Architecture Group (known as the TAG). It’s an honor, and it’s also going to be a challenge. The TAG is the senior technical group at the Web consortium. It includes Tim himself, 5 elected members, 3 more appointed by Tim, and also Dan Connolly, who is the staff contact from the W3C team. I’ve had the pleasure of serving as a TAG member for the past three years, and it brings together some of the brightest, most interesting, and most dedicated people I’ve worked with.
The TAG has produced some publications that should be of interest to anyone who creates Web sites, who builds systems that use the Web, or who writes specifications for technologies that integrate with the Web. The most important TAG publication is the Architecture of the World Wide Web, and if you have any interest in how the Web works, I strongly encourage you to take a look. The TAG also publishes smaller TAG “finding” documents that cover more detailed issues. They can be quite interesting too, and you can find a list of them on the TAG’s Finding Page.
If you’re interested in following or contributing to the work that we do, I encourage you to check out the group’s home page, and especially to subscribe to and contribute to the TAG’s mailing list, which is archived at http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-tag/. You don’t have to be a W3C member to read or participate, but we do encourage you to look through the archives (there’s a search page) before you contribute.