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The Markup Formerly Known As HTML5

Apparently, a week or so ago, the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium – the group that standardizes tech to use on the web) started a web campaign for HTML5. People have been talking about HTML5 and the cool stuff it does so, why not make T-shirts and stickers? My only question is where are the coffee mugs??¬†With this new campaign, the W3C also posted some code that allows you to put a “my web site supports HTML5 fo’ shiz'” graphic on your site. While hyping up HTML5 and all of the cool things it does is great, the problem is that IT’S NOT READY YET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Taking a deep breath…

Some days later, the splinter other group who is also working on HTML5, the WHATWG (Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group) announced through the person responsible for writing the HTML5 specification, Ian Hickson, that the 5 will be dropped and the whole shebang will simply be known as HTML. Wow, nice timing…

I don’t know if this was done on purpose or if WHATWG just has really bad timing. But, if they had decided on changing the name over a year ago then someone should have let the people at the W3C know. Or, maybe they did know and they tried to force the WHATWG’s hand by starting this marketing campaign.

Either way, I do know one thing and that this DOES NOT HELP the advancement of HTML5/HTML/The Markup Formerly Known As HTML5. Stop jacking around and get your asses in gear. You’ve only got a large video codec war brewing – for starters.