The member organizations of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) have overwhelmingly approved, by a margin of 71 (88%) in favor to 10 (12%) opposed, a plan proposed by the IDPF Board of Directors to combine IDPF with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The plan will now proceed, with anticipated completion of the combination by January, 2017 still subject to finalization of the necessary definitive agreements.
We hope that all IDPF members and others in the industry, whether or not initially in favor of the proposed combination, will now join together and collaborate to maximize the success of a significantly expanded publishing community in W3C in order to effectively advance an open, accessible, interoperable digital publishing ecosystem.
Note: this post was updated on Nov 30, 2016 to reflect elimination of a duplicate vote found during post-election vote analysis. The originally published results were 86 total votes 72 in favor.