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Timeline

This timeline covers the key milestones and events in the W3C website redesign. You can subscribe to updates via RSS.


  1. 08 Sep 2021 - High level timeline and approach (August Update)
    Latest updates to the delivery timeline and approach
  2. 08 Sep 2021 - Technical Reports page - version 4
    Find out what has changed in version 4
  3. 08 Sep 2021 - The W3C Design System is live
    View the documentation on how to use the different templates and components in the W3C website design
  4. 21 Jul 2021 - Retest reports (accessibility, browser and device)
    Issues noted in the static template retests for accessibility, browser and device testing
  5. 21 Jul 2021 - Redesigning the landing page for Technical Reports
    A review of the design and front-end build of the landing page for Technical Reports.
  6. 17 Jun 2021 - Accessibility testing - round 2
    The static prototypes have been tested, read the report
  7. 11 Jun 2021 - Weeknotes, 11 June
    Good progress across HTML testing, navigation, TR layout review and Symfony app development
  8. 11 Jun 2021 - Building the main navigation
    A review of the main navigation front-end build, from first prototype to client sign off
  9. 09 Jun 2021 - Feedback guide
    A plan on how to give feedback: what kind of feedback, and when to give it
  10. 09 Jun 2021 - Round 2 testing - browser and device results
    Read the test reports following the second round of compatibility testing by Zoonou
  11. 24 May 2021 - Prototyping the main navigation - version 4
    An update on version 4 of our navigation prototype
  12. 24 May 2021 - Round 2 testing
    The next set of static templates ready for browser, device and accessibility testing
  13. 23 Apr 2021 - Weeknotes, 23 Apr
    Content modelling and front-end iteration
  14. 23 Apr 2021 - Accessibility testing - round 1 retest
    Results from the retest and notes on what we didn’t do, and why
  15. 16 Apr 2021 - Weeknotes, 16 Apr
    Home page is agreed and our next development sprint has commenced
  16. 16 Apr 2021 - Home page
    How we defined and designed the new W3C website homepage
  17. 09 Apr 2021 - Weeknotes, 09 Apr
    Preparing for the next round of development
  18. 09 Apr 2021 - Technical Reports Specification
    Recommended improvements to the Technical Reports page
  19. 06 Apr 2021 - How we are using illustrations to represent the W3C
    Creating a visual style for the website that conveys W3Cs unique community and work
  20. 26 Mar 2021 - Weeknotes, 26 Mar
    Design and content work is coming to an end
  21. 22 Mar 2021 - Group page usability recommendations
    Improving the usability of W3C Group pages
  22. 22 Mar 2021 - Accessibility testing - round 1
    Read the accessibility test report on the first three static templates to be tested
  23. 19 Mar 2021 - Weeknotes, 19 Mar
    It is one year on since the project and the pandemic started!
  24. 17 Mar 2021 - URL strategy
    Our URL and redirect strategy for the w3.org website
  25. 12 Mar 2021 - Weeknotes, 12 Mar
    It has been a busy week of activity, and it feels great
  26. 12 Mar 2021 - High level timeline and approach (March Update)
    Latest updates to the delivery timeline and approach
  27. 10 Mar 2021 - Browser and device testing round 1 results
    The first three static templates have been tested, read about the outcome
  28. 23 Feb 2021 - The first three static templates in build
    Take a look at the default, landing and business ecosystem static templates
  29. 12 Feb 2021 - Front-end delivery approach
    A Symfony application to deliver web pages
  30. 12 Feb 2021 - Internationalization approach
    Read about the agreed approach for internationalization on the new W3C website.
  31. 19 Jan 2021 - Header design finalisation
    The final changes agreed with W3C to the header area design
  32. 18 Jan 2021 - Prototyping the main navigation - version 3
    An update on version 3 of our navigation prototype
  33. 15 Jan 2021 - High level timeline and approach (Update)
    Find out what has changed in the delivery timeline and approach
  34. 13 Jan 2021 - Listing and post pages designs
    View our designs for the listing and post pages
  35. 14 Dec 2020 - Header design update
    Header design reviewed for internationalisation, among other things
  36. 11 Dec 2020 - Weeknotes 11 Dec
    Feedback on key templates and the site header, and build planning
  37. 27 Nov 2020 - Headless CMS approach
    Find out about our Headless CMS approach to building the front-end
  38. 26 Nov 2020 - Designs for the default, landing and business templates
    A look at the designs for key site pages
  39. 26 Nov 2020 - Prototyping the main navigation
    Find out how we have been prototyping the main navigation and give us your feedback on how it works.
  40. 27 Oct 2020 - Global design direction
    Take a look at the site designs so far, find out about the process we took to get here and our next steps.
  41. 23 Oct 2020 - Weeknotes, 23 Oct
    Design presentation, design system work, editing the spec, and a community talk for Marie
  42. 09 Oct 2020 - Weeknotes 9 Oct
    Progress on design, prototyping and planning
  43. 25 Sep 2020 - Weeknotes 25 Sept
    Our CMS choice, first design review and planning, planning, planning
  44. 25 Sep 2020 - CMS selection report
    Craft CMS is selected to build the re-designed W3C website. Here is a description of our selection process.
  45. 25 Sep 2020 - On not choosing WordPress
    Explaining the background of our choice on CMS platform and the response to a recent WordPress Tavern post
  46. 11 Sep 2020 - Weeknotes 11 Sept
    Progress has been made in a range of areas: design, CMS selection and sitemap technical work
  47. 02 Sep 2020 - Content design and sitemap updates
    A few updates to the content design and sitemap documents
  48. 28 Aug 2020 - Content design report
    A summary of our Content design work, which informs the new Information Architecture
  49. 28 Aug 2020 - Proposed site map, v2
    The second version of our proposed sitemap
  50. 28 Aug 2020 - Content wireframes
    Wireframes that illustrate the content hierarchy of key pages
  51. 17 Aug 2020 - Weeknotes 17 August
    First look at content design, URL strategy, and some CMS accessibility considerations
  52. 06 Aug 2020 - Weeknotes 7 August
    Progressing the IA and site content work
  53. 29 Jul 2020 - High level timeline update
    Updated to show new delivery dates
  54. 29 Jul 2020 - IA and content - stage 2 work plan
    A workplan showing the approach, tasks and timings to complete the next stage of work
  55. 24 Jul 2020 - Weeknotes 24 July
    Two key meetings with W3C, progress on IA and CMS platform
  56. 24 Jul 2020 - W3C CMS platform selection update
    A summary of the CMS options we reviewed and the current status of the selection process
  57. 22 Jul 2020 - Our proposal for a new W3C site Information Architecture
    A summary of the problems with the current site organisation and how we recommend solving them
  58. 17 Jul 2020 - Weeknotes 17 July
    The research is coming together
  59. 10 Jul 2020 - Weeknotes 10 July
    An update on a busy week
  60. 09 Jul 2020 - Front end standards
    Clarify bidirectional support for global page layout
  61. 07 Jul 2020 - User research update
  62. 03 Jul 2020 - Weeknotes 3 July
    An update and reflection on this week
  63. 01 Jul 2020 - Stakeholder interviews
    We are running a series of stakeholder interviews to help understand how users find standards and groups content on w3.org
  64. 30 Jun 2020 - Front end standards
    Remove “compliant” support for Internet Explorer 11. Site content will still be readable in IE11, it just won’t look the same as modern browsers.
  65. 24 Jun 2020 - Front end approach
    Announcing the decision on the front end approach we will use
  66. 22 Jun 2020 - User survey for standards & groups
    Launched two user surveys to find out more about how users find standards & groups on w3.org
  67. 15 Jun 2020 - CMS strategy and requirements
    An outline of what W3C need from a new CMS to manage contnet on w3.org
  68. 12 Jun 2020 - Information architecture report (draft)
    Draft IA report presented to W3C team
  69. 12 Jun 2020 - Front end standards
    Front-end standards we plan to meet in the HTML build of w3.org
  70. 02 Jun 2020 - Choosing a front end framework
    Document to help W3C team choose the right CSS approach for long-term maintenance
  71. 22 May 2020 - Technical systems audit
    Overview of the technical infrastructure we have to deal with as part of this project
  72. 20 May 2020 - Stakeholder interviews started
    We ran stakeholder interviews with 12 people connected to W3C between 20th and 22nd May
  73. 18 May 2020 - Project update, May
    A summary of the new W3C website redesign project and where we are now.
  74. 15 May 2020 - CMS strategy and requirements
    An overview of what W3C need from a new CMS
  75. 11 May 2020 - User survey started
    How we are gathering feedback from website users
  76. 07 May 2020 - High level timeline shared for review
    First version after Discovery phase
  77. 07 May 2020 - Project approach shared for agreement
    Definition of the project direction and approach
  78. 14 Apr 2020 - Agreed initial user groups
  79. 14 Apr 2020 - Design discussions in progress
    Feedback from W3C to inform the design direction
  80. 01 Apr 2020 - Started user group research
    Work starts on identifying user groups and user research. This will help form user and job stories which we use to help define what users want to do on the W3C site.
  81. 16 Mar 2020 - Studio 24 kick off the W3C project
    The project officially started on 16th March, the team are really excited about working with W3C! This starts with the Discovery phase where we review the current site, technical architecure, users, and problems we’re trying to solve on this project.
  82. 07 Feb 2020 - W3C awards contract to Studio 24
  83. 13 Dec 2019 - Studio 24 submit project proposal
  84. 07 Nov 2019 - W3C publish the W3C website redesign phase 1 RFP