W3C (The Worldwide Web Consortium) has finally announced a commitment date of finishing the HTML5 Specification and HTML5.1 Specification, this is great news for web designers and web developers all over the globe as we can expect many more advances making things easier to code, easy to markup and bring brand new innovation to the table.
W3C HTML5 Specification
The HTML5 specification has been announced to be finished by 2014, W3C has setup a timeline in which they believe they can meet their goals by the end of 2014, and sadly no official month or date within 2014 has been set. Many time consuming and unstable features within the HTML5 specification will be deferred to version HTML5.1
W3C HTML5.1 Specification
W3C believes it will finish the HTML5.1 specification before the end of 2016 and again no word on which month in 2016 it will be finished and this is most likely because they will play it by ear. HMTL5.1 will be very similar to HTML4.1 this meaning that any code that is considered unstable we will not likely see it in the first version of its release in 2014. It has not been announced or even mentioned that we will receive a new logo for 5.1 or if it will still use the standard HTML5 logo.
W3C HTML4.01 Specification
It has been over 15 years since we had the last formal release which was HTML4.01 many believe that HTML5 is way overdue but on the other hand if you’re going to do a job right, you get it right and take your time achieving the best outcome.
Everything’s better Modular
Their plan also focuses on increasing the reliance on modularity which means that they aim to keep HTML5 moving forward while their past traditional standards have been known to stay put and no further developments.
If you was unaware Ian Hickson stepped down from W3C early this year and was a major step back for HTML5 W3C, however since then W3C has recruited four new editors to keep HTML5 going.
W3C has received funding from the likes of Adobe, Google and Microsoft which will allow further recruitment into their business so that they can support the Specification faster and better, especially in their testing efforts.
Candidate Recommendation Status
If all goes according to plan, of which first must be approved the W3C says HTML5 should enter the Candidate Recommendation status, which is the next step of the standardization process, hopefully by the end of Q4 of this year.
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