HTML 5 Working Draft Now Out for Public Review

by Gary on January 23, 2008 · 3 comments

in Website Design

The long wait is finally over. After 10 years of working hard on HTML 5 the W3C group has at last published the working draft online. According to W3C, “The publication of the First Public Working Draft is a signal to the community to begin reviewing the document.”

You can read the W3C Working Draft in this link and join the working group’s discussion list here.

For version histories please click on the following links:

When the final version of HTML 5 finally comes out approximately in a couple of years it will be an exciting time for web designers indeed.

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WTL January 23, 2008 at 3:34 pm

Oh, thanks! I’d meant to be keeping an eye on that and I forgot to join the mailing list. Thanks.

Ian Hickson January 25, 2008 at 9:12 pm

Just to clarify, the HTML5 spec is actually mostly the work of the WHATWG, not the W3C. The W3C only started contributing to the HTML5 effort last year; the WHATWG has been working on HTML5 since 2004. (Originally, the W3C was against working on HTML5.)

Also, the HTML5 draft has been public the whole time, so this is not exactly the first public draft. 🙂 The term “first public working draft” comes from the W3C not normally doing things in public.

Hannah January 26, 2008 at 5:14 pm

Thanks Ian. I was wondering why it was the first public working draft when I have had read a few tidbits (from Dan’s posts on HTML 5) before. I guess it goes to show that I do need to pay more attention to the development world and not just SEO. ^_^. Much to learn everywhere. Thanks again!