Progress on HTML5

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When the HTML5 specifications advanced to Last Call, we wrote in this forum HTML5: Are We There Yet?. We're posting here today to give an update on progress made with the HTML5 specifications, and where we're heading next.

The HTML Working Group Chairs have developed a draft stabilization plan with a timeline for advancing the HTML5 specifications to W3C Recommendation. Given some substantive changes based on feedback, the Chairs plan to start a second Last Call review for the HTML5 specifications. Some further details:

  • As part of the plan to move the HTML5 specifications through the second Last Call round and beyond, the HTML Working Group chairs have begun a search for new editors for the Recommendation-track versions of the HTML5 and HTML Canvas 2D Context specifications; for details, see the full announcement.
  • At the same time, we plan for standardization of the next version of HTML to take place in the HTML Working Group. W3C will be rechartering the group so that it may begin that work on new features for that next version in parallel with work on taking the HTML5 specifications to Recommendation.

We also measure progress through implementations, market adoption, updated publications, and test-suite contributions:

  • The implementation progress on HTML5 continues to be exceptionally strong; shipping versions of all major browsers now have good support for many key HTML5 features, and the development versions of those browsers have even better support. Authoring tools continue to innovate and improve their HTML5 support as well.
  • Market adoption of HTML5 also continues to be strong—in a wide variety of areas: Web-based gaming, major media sites, mobile content, and much more.
  • The HTML Working Group recently published ten updated Working Drafts, including a document that lists the changes that have been made to the HTML5 specifications since the published of the initial Last Call Working Draft in May 2011.
  • We continue to get test submissions for the HTML5 specifications, and we welcome test submissions of any and all tests that help determine conformance to the specifications and that help lead to better interoperability.

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