Resolving the two HTML 5 specifications

For those who find the two versions (WHATWG and W3C) of the HTML 5 specification a source of more heat than light.

On 25th or 26th June 2010, depending on your time zone, Ian Hickson, who edits both versions said in an eMail

The WHATWG doesn’t actually work on HTML5, it works on an unversioned specification for HTML that is to be continually maintained. “HTML.next”, if you will (though the spec’s title is still “HTML5” by request from advocates…

In other words the WHATWG (Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group) is also defining whatever comes next.

Having been distracted myself by the sometimes aggressive discussion this is an important point, that can help interested parties to better untangle what is being said.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: