I recently described the confusion over the standardisation of HTML5, with the WhatWG announcing that they are renaming HTML5 as ‘HTML’ and that it will be a ‘Living Standard’ which will continually evolve as browser vendors agree on new features to implement in the language.
It now seems that the W3C are responding to accusations that they are a slow-moving standardisatioin body with an announcement that “W3C Confirms May 2011 for HTML5 Last Call, Targets 2014 for HTML5 Standard“. In the press release Jeff Jaffe, W3C CEO, states that:
“Even as innovation continues, advancing HTML5 to Recommendation provides the entire Web ecosystem with a stable, tested, interoperable standard“
I welcome this announcement as I feel that it helps to address recent uncertainties regarding the governance and roadmap for HTML developments. The onus is now on institutions: there is now a clear roadmap for HTML5 development with a stable standard currently being finalised. As providers of institutional Web services, what are you plans for deployment of HTML5?