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 HTML landscape captures the differences between various HTML specifications: W3C HTML 5.0, W3C HTML 5.1, and WHATWG HTML LS.
The group uses the following to keep track of proposed extensions to HTML:
- HTML extension specifications (actual drafts defining proposed extensions to HTML)
- HTML.next bugs (requests for future enhancements to HTML)
The group using the following for tracking issues and decisions related to its deliverables:
- decision history
- issue change-proposal status and deadlines
- formal objections
- closed issues with possible new information and all closed issues
- raised and open issues
- decision-policy bug list
Per Plan 2014, the milestones for publication of the HTML specification are as follows:
|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.
Membership and Participation
The HTML working group encourages active participation from a diverse community, including content authors and content providers, web developers, implementors (of browsers, authoring tools, conformance checkers, etc.) and anyone interested in helping to evolve the HTML language. A full list of participants is available.
How to join the group
This group operates under the W3C Patent Policy, which ensures that specifications published by the group can be implemented on a royalty-free (RF) basis. To record agreement from all participants with that W3C Patent Policy, joining the group involves completing several steps:
- If you're affiliated with a W3C member organization
- Otherwise, the process involves getting an account and filling out a form for copyright, patent, etc. policies.
When you join, you will be subscribed to public-html, the publicly archived mailing-list for the group. Consistent failure to follow the Discussion Guidelines will result in removal from the working group.
A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Public Invited Experts in the W3C HTML Working Group is available. It includes answers to such questions as, I want to participate as an individual in the HTML Working Group but I work for a W3C Member. Why can't I join as an Invited Expert?
Communication: Mailing lists and IRC
The primary mailing list for HTML Working Group communication is public-html. The group is also using several other lists for things such as task-force discussions and for working-group administrative purposes. A full list of all HTML Working Group related mailing lists is available.
Meetings: Telcons and face-to-face
The group has a weekly telcon every Thursday at 12noon US/Eastern There is a separate weekly telcon for discussion of the Media Source Extensions and Encrypted Media Extensions every Tuesday at 11am US/Eastern.
The group meets face-to-face up to twice a year. Below are records for previous and upcoming meetings.
W3C maintains a public list of any patent disclosures made in connection with the deliverables of the group; that page also includes instructions for disclosing a patent.