Some of the best minds working in web standards have been quietly or loudly abandoning the W3C. Bjoern Hoehrmann is the latest. His reasons for leaving make compelling reading (hat tip: Terje Bless). I believe in W3C standards, particularly the ones you and I use every day, but I worry about the direction in which the W3C is headed.
I’ve considered the W3C to be hopelessly out of touch with practical concerns ever since they shipped the first XHTML 2.0 working draft.