Voting on a proposed “merger” of the IDPF with the World Wide Web consortium (W3C) by IDPF members is underway. On October 13, 2016 IDPF Board of Directors approved the proposed plan for submission to the members, with a recommendation that members vote to approve. The transactions would be expected to be completed by early 2017 (subject to the member vote as well as to final approvals by IDPF Board and the W3C Director).
Since the announcement six months ago that IDPF and W3C were exploring combining, IDPF has engaged in a variety of information sharing and outreach efforts with its members and the industry. Significant feedback was received which has been addressed in the specifics of the transaction documents that have been provided to IDPF members.