HTML 5 changelist released

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I was halfway through writing a long post about the fact that the W3C’s HTML Working Group have released a document listing the differences between HTML 4 and HTML 5 when I clicked a button I shouldn’t have clicked and lost the lot. Why doesn’t WordPress have automatic saving of drafts like Gmail does? Anyway, it’s late and I’m tired, so I won’t write it again.

In a nutshell: there are a ton of new elements to help with structural and semantic markup (hello <footer>, <header> and <nav>) , a lot of new attributes to aid in creating web applications, some elements have been dropped completely rather than deprecated (no more frames!), a load of new APIs for interactive and media content (drag & drop!) and a lot of official extensions for DOM programmers (getElementsByClassName() being the most obvious).

That was a very rushed introduction to the changes, but right now I’m a very grumpy developer. Best if you have a good read through yourself (there’s also a human-readable version of the full spec if you have more time), and I’ll update in more detail when I’ve calmed down a bit.

I do want to say congratulations to the HTMLWG for being more clear and open in their communications, however.

2 comments on
“HTML 5 changelist released”

  1. Hmm, that’s interesting. I use WordPress too, and it saves a draft every minute or so when I’m writing a new article.

    What version are you using? (Or, maybe this feauture’s disabled in your options?)

  2. Sorry, you are absolutely right; it’s a feature of the rich text editor, which I generally have disabled by default. Once I enabled it, there was indeed an auto-save feature.