HTML is a language for describing Web documents and Web applications, along with a set of APIs (application programming interfaces) for interacting with in-memory representations of resources that use the HTML language.

HTML Working Group

The HTML Working Group is currently chartered to continue its work through 30 June 2015. A Plan 2014 document published by the group includes details about the timeline for taking the HTML5 spec to Recommendation in 2014. As part of that plan, the group has published the following Candidate Recommendation (CR) drafts:

The group publishes a number of other deliverables in addition to the HTML5 and HTML Canvas 2D Context specifications; for a listing of all the group’s deliverables, see the publications status page.

The group uses the following to keep track of proposed extensions to HTML:

The group using the following for tracking issues and decisions related to its deliverables:

Per Plan 2014, the milestones for publication of the HTML specification are as follows:

Specification FPWD LC CR PR Rec
HTML5 N/A 2011 Q2 2012 Q4 2014 Q4 2014 Q4
HTML 5.1 2012 Q4 2014 Q3 2015 Q1 2016 Q4 2016 Q4

Note: Plan 2014 calls for a short Last Call for HTML5 in Q3 of 2014, prior to the move to PR in Q4 2014.

The group meets face-to-face up to twice a year. Below are records for previous and upcoming meetings.


Michael[tm] Smith, W3C HTML Activity Lead