HTML is the Web’s core language for creating documents and applications for everyone to use, anywhere. See the HTML specification and the Learn, etc., links here for more information.

For related news, see the W3C’s HTML news archive, a few recent items from which are included below.

Registration Open for Training in HTML5, Responsive Web Design, JavaScript

Registration is open for new editions of three W3C online courses that begin in early 2015:

  • HTML5 [Register]. This course runs for 6 weeks, starting 2 February 2015. This course covers video, time based animation, 2D geometric transformations, Web Audio API, Web components and much more.
  • Responsive Web Design [Register]. This course runs for 5 weeks, starting 6 February 2015. This course leads you step by step through an approach that focuses on HTML and CSS to make your Web site fit in all viewport sizes.
  • JavaScript [Register]. This course runs for 4 weeks starting 26 January 2015. This course provides instruction about JavaScript good practices, tricks, and tools, illustrated through examples and assignments.

An early bird rate is available to all above courses. Learn more about W3DevCampus, the official W3C online training for Web developers. See also our self-explanatory fun video.

HTML5 is a W3C Recommendation

In October 2014, the HTML Working Group published HTML5 as W3C Recommendation. This specification defines the fifth major revision of the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), the format used to build Web pages and applications, and the cornerstone of the Open Web Platform.

Today we think nothing of watching video and audio natively in the browser, and nothing of running a browser on a phone,” said Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director. “We expect to be able to share photos, shop, read the news, and look up information anywhere, on any device. Though they remain invisible to most users, HTML5 and the Open Web Platform are driving these growing user expectations.

HTML5 brings to the Web video and audio tracks without needing plugins; programmatic access to a resolution-dependent bitmap canvas, which is useful for rendering graphs, game graphics, or other visual images on the fly; native support for scalable vector graphics (SVG) and math (MathML); annotations important for East Asian typography (Ruby); features to enable accessibility of rich applications; and much more.

The HTML5 test suite, which includes over 100,000 tests and continues to grow, is strengthening browser interoperability. Learn more about the Test the Web Forward community effort.

With today’s publication of the Recommendation, software implementers benefit from Royalty-Free licensing commitments from over sixty companies under W3C’s Patent Policy. Enabling implementers to use Web technology without payment of royalties is critical to making the Web a platform for innovation.

Read the Press Release, testimonials from W3C Members, and acknowledgments. For news on what’s next after HTML5, see W3C CEO Jeff Jaffe’s blog post: Application Foundations for the Open Web Platform. We also invite you to check out our video Web standards for the future.

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