HTML5 will be the last version of HTML

By Emil
Jan 21, 2011
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  1. The HTML specification will no longer have a version number attached. The Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG) version of the specification will be updated as additions are integrated. As a result, the HTML specification will henceforth just be known as HTML, and will be considered a "living standard."

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  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,158   +599

  3. MrAnderson

    MrAnderson TS Maniac Posts: 488   +10

    I'm confused... and well this will make it even more difficult to determine which browsers have what in them. You need a versioning or sub title to group functionality together. Otherwise Apple and all the rest cannot say they browser or site has HTML5 functionality (which by they way means it is using some of the new stuff) but newer stuff which who know what it will be called...

    Maybe they should break functionality into smaller groups across versioning so that moving up the version latter can be charted.

    They should ask why it works for OpenGL and Wifi Specs... maybe you are trying to squeeze to much functionality under one version. Do it in layers so that versions will have small enough subsets of functionality that can be implemented. They prgrammers/scripters can query each implemetation for versions (a complete set of functionality) then have to ask if this function is here and that function is there instead of continue to live (if you can call it living) in code branch purgatory.
  4. What a mess.
  5. Feels like a step backwards in terms of standards-compliance. I don't mind the part of things continually evolving, but version numbers gives us a target for minimal requirements. It also lets people cry foul on people like Apple who just give HTML5 a bad name.

    The alternative is to say that a web browser has implemented HTML features "up through 2011, January 14th" or somesuch, which in itself becomes a version number. Except a lot messier.

    I'd wager one reason the major browser makers are jumping on the HTML5 ship is so that, should this bureaucratic monstrosity finally become a W3C Recommendation, we don't have to wait years for it to get gradually implemented, and they can say, "Yes, we are completely HTML5 standards-compliant RIGHT NOW."

    Also, it's kinda' hard to explain to someone that they don't have support for <beer>, <threecolumnformat>, and <worldpeace> tags because you need the latest version (or worse, the latest version of specific a browser).
  6. My thoughts on that topic and why I think that it would be a mess, if HTML loses its version number, can be found here:
  7. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 823

  8. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 513   +8

    I feel violated, its really...... strange^(1/0)

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