This specification defines the 5th major revision of the core
language of the World Wide
In this version, new features are introduced to help
Web application authors, new elements are introduced based on
research into prevailing authoring practices, and special attention
has been given to defining clear conformance criteria for user
agents in an effort to improve interoperability.
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time of its publication. Other documents may supersede this
document. A list of current W3C publications and the
latest revision of this technical report can be
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W3C HTML Working Group is the W3C
working group responsible for this specification's progress along
the W3C Recommendation track. This specification is the
2008 First Public Working Draft.
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Different parts of this specification are at different levels of maturity.
Some of the more major known issues are marked
like this. There are many other issues that have been raised as
well; the issues given in this document are not the only known
issues! There are also some spec-wide issues that have not yet been
addressed: case-sensitivity is a very poorly handled topic right
now, and the firing of events needs to be unified (right now some
bubble, some don't, they all use different text to fire events,
etc). It would also be nice to unify the rules on downloading
content when attributes change (e.g.
attributes) - should they initiate downloads when the element
immediately, is inserted in the document, when active scripts end,
etc. This matters e.g. if an attribute is set twice in a row (does
it hit the network twice).
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