HTML 5.2 - W3C Candidate Recommendation and The Publishing Working Group

Today the W3C announced that HTML 5.2 is a W3C Candidate Recommendation. Over the next 4 weeks, the Advisory Committee will review the spec and determine whether they will endorse as a W3C Recommendation.

About HTML 5.2

This specification defines the 5th major version, second minor revision of the core language of the World Wide Web: the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML). In this version, new features continue to be introduced to help Web application authors, new elements continue to be introduced based on research into prevailing authoring practices, and special attention continues to be given to defining clear conformance criteria for user agents in an effort to improve interoperability.

HTML in the Wayback Machine

What the W3C website looked like on January 14, 1998 via the Wayback Machine.

What the W3C website looked like on January 14, 1998 via the Wayback Machine.

While reviewing HTML 5.2, it's interesting to remember its origin story. The W3C provides a full history of HTML here but following are a few points of particular interest to the publishing community:

  • Originally, HTML was primarily designed as a language for semantically describing scientific documents.
  • For its first 5 years (1990-1995), HTML went through a number of revisions and experienced a number of extensions, primarily hosted first at CERN, and then at the IETF.
  • In 1998 the W3C membership decided to stop evolving HTML and instead begin work on an XML-based equivalent, called XHTML.
  • In 2003, the publication of XForms, a technology which was positioned as the next generation of Web forms, sparked a renewed interest in evolving HTML itself,
  • The idea that HTML’s evolution should be reopened was tested at a W3C workshop in 2004.
  • In 2006, the W3C indicated an interest to participate in the development of HTML 5.0.

It's a fascinating story and, like all history, important to revisit and understand.

W3C Today and the Publishing Working Group

The W3C website today.

The W3C website today.

In June, the W3C launched the new Publishing Working Group. The first ever W3C Publishing Summit will be held 9-10 November 2017 in San Francisco, California. Evan Owens, VP of Publishing Technologies at Cenveo Publisher Services will be there.

If you'd like to meet with Evan at the W3C Publishing Summit, you can make an appointment by clicking the button below.

 
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Marianne is director of marketing for Cenveo Publisher Services. She started her career in editorial and production, working on STM primary and review journals. During her 28+ year career she's worked as a book editor, SGML (remember that?!) editor, and managing editor in addition to marketing-related positions. Technology, production, and people---these are just a few of her favorite things.