All public W3C documents have one of five possible statuses:
Note: A Note is a dated exposition of an idea, comment, or document. It does not represent commitment by W3C to pursue work related to the Note.
Working Draft: A Working Draft represents work in progress and a commitment by W3C to pursue work in this area. It does not imply consensus by a group or W3C.
Candidate Recommendation: A Candidate Recommendation is work that has received significant review from its immediate technical community within the W3C. It is an explicit call to those outside of the related Working Groups or the W3C itself for implementation and technical feedback.
Proposed Recommendation: A Proposed Recommendation is work that
Represents consensus ...