Two days after the World Wide Web Consortium debuted a flashy new HTML5 badge, none other than the editor of the Hypertext Markup Language standard has dumped the hot tech buzzword. “HTML is the new HTML5,” Ian Hickson, who edits the specification, said in a blog post yesterday. The announcement embodies a more continuous development process that he’s planned for more than a year, but Hickson told CNET today that the W3C’s HTML5 badge–which controversially stands for a number of Web technologies beyond HTML–hastened a change that had been planned for later in 2011. “Now even the W3C is saying ‘HTML5’ means everything from CSS to font formats, so advocates really were left without anything to specifically refer to HTML. So we asked around, and the objections to the rename were much reduced already, even compared to a week ago, so we went for it,” Hickson said. The demise of the HTML5 label, though, will only affect one of the two groups that oversees HTML’s development: the W3C remains attached. Hickson is a Google employee who has shepherded the standard for years, first through an informal group called the Web Hypertext Applications Technology Working Group (WHATWG) and now also with… Read full this story
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