The HTML Working Group works in public, with details in the WG's Work Mode document. Our mailing list, public-html, is opened to the public.

A detailed list of this group's publications and their status is available.

The HTML landscape captures the differences between various HTML specifications: W3C HTML 5.0, W3C HTML 5.1, and WHATWG HTML LS.

The 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.

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.

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.

By charter, the group operates primarily by email (see public-html archive), supplemented by web-based surveys, occasional teleconferences and up to two in-person meetings per year.

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:

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.

The group uses the #html-wg channel on irc.w3.org for its weekly telcons and for informal discussion. The channel is publicly logged.

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.

Patent Disclosures

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.