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February 22, 2011

HTML5 Will Be Available by 2014: W3C

The HTML5 version will be finished by 2014, according to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C (News - Alert)).

HTML5 is the latest revision of the Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML) standard.It offers an easy way to add semantic markup and application-like features such as video without proprietary plug-ins, drag-and-drop, offline data storage, among other things.

OS platforms such as Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Opera have different degrees of HTML support. They also have many innovative features which can be very useful, but these features may not support the final HTML5 version.

As the working group finalizes, HTML5 will start accepting new features but will not be adding of any new features after May 22, 2011.

W3C is also expecting that the new versions of browsers, automobiles, television, tabloid, mobile operating systems could also support the new HTML5 version by 2014.

The W3C has extended the character of HTML working group that comprises of more than 400 members from browser vendors, software developers and other organizations reliant on the Web standard.

Recently, the World-Wide Web Consortium announced a new logo for HTML5. The new logo and its keystone shape symbolize how HTML5 stands at the center of this current technology movement. The shape resembles a coat of arms, or a badge of honor to capture the spirit and substance of the open Web platform and its surrounding community.

Even before the official launch, HTML5 has been adopted as the future technology by several leading companies in the Web arena. Apple (News - Alert) announced the support of HTML5 in the latest release of Safari browser  (Safari 4).

Google (News - Alert), which generates huge amount of content in the form of video and rich graphics, has started developing content in HTML5.

In July last year, Yahoo! too announced support for HTML5 with the introduction of new Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Messenger apps for Android (News - Alert) as well as a Yahoo! Search Widget for Android leveraging HTML5. 


Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Janice McDuffee
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