In order for web specifications to permit full interoperability and access to all, it is important that the quality of implementation be given as much attention as their development. Moreover, as the complexity of W3C specifications and their interdependencies increases, quality assurance becomes even more important to ensuring their acceptance and deployment in the market. To address these needs, the W3C initiated a new Quality Assurance (QA) Activity (http://www.w3.org/QA/
) to address all aspects of the quality of the implementations of W3C specifications as well as the quality of the specifications produced by W3C. This session will introduce the audience to this new W3C Quality Assurance Activity by presenting the goals, scope objectives, and expected deliverables of the activity and providing an overview and status report of the Activity¿s first meeting held November 2001.