The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) will begin the new year with a new host in Europe. The consortium, which drafts key Web technologies including HTML and XML, will move its European headquarters to the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM). The consortium's current European host is the National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA), a ERCIM founder.
With research institutes from 16 countries, representing more than 10,000 researchers, ERCIM will let the W3C expand its European presence. The W3C's other hosts in the United States and Asia are the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Keio University, respectively.