The W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) has published the complete definition for HTML5, as well as the Canvas 2D specification, giving businesses and developers “a stable target for implementation and planning.”
“As of today, businesses know what they can rely on for HTML5 in the coming years and what their customers will demand,” said W3C CEO Jeff Jaffe. “Likewise, developers will know what skills to cultivate to reach smartphones, cars, televisions, ebooks, digital signs, and devices not yet known.”
Their next task is to “ensure that the specifications may be implemented compatibly across browsers, authoring tools, email clients, servers, content management systems, and other Web tools.”
This implementation phase is expected to last into mid-2014, after which W3C will publish the final HTML5 Recommendation. Meanwhile, they’ll continue improving the spec, as well as improving and adding extensions to complement built-in HTML5 accessibility, responsive images, and adaptive streaming.
Jay Nelson is the editorial director of PlanetQuark.com, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at Lynda.com, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.