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19 March, 2020 - 22:22 By Kate Sweeney

Cambridge studio wins World Wide Web Consortium contract

Studio 24 in Cambridge UK has won the contract to redesign the website of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) – founded by the inventor of the web, Tim Berners-Lee and responsible for key standards that make the internet work.

Studio 24 will work with W3C to more effectively communicate what the organisation does with a modern, inclusive, usable website.

A double Emmy Award winner, W3C's vision for ‘One Web’ brings together thousands of dedicated technologists representing more than 400 member organiaations and dozens of industry sectors. 

W3C is jointly hosted by the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL) in the US, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics headquartered in France, Keio University in Japan and Beihang University in China. 

The contract represents a remarkable coup for a small independent studio that was founded in 1999 and has regularly punched well above its weight.

Coralie Mercier, Head of W3C Marketing & Communications said: “Studio 24 have always believed in building a better Web, using standards to make sure the sites we build are accessible to all regardless of who you are, what internet access you have, what device you’re using, or any disability you may have. 

“We even have our own accessibility lead developer in the team to help move this forward. In this regard Studio 24’s beliefs are perfectly aligned to W3C’s mission in making a ‘Web for All’. 

“One of W3C's primary goals is to make these benefits available to all people, whatever their hardware, software, network infrastructure, native language, culture, geographical location, or physical or mental ability.”

Studio 24 managing director Simon Jones added: “The team are really looking forward to getting started with this project. In the 20-year history of Studio 24, it feels as if we’ve been leading up to a project like this. 

“Our company mission to bring together human-centred design and open source technology is ideally fitted to a client such as W3C.”

Clients of the business emanate from varying market segments including the Public Sector (Crown Commercial Service, UK Parliament, Department of Health and Social Care) and in the field of major projects (for example, HS2, London Heathrow and Crossrail).

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