HTML5 Round-up

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There’s been a notice­able increase in chat­ter about HTML5 recent­ly, as the spec is mov­ing towards Last Call sta­tus in Octo­ber. The work­ing group now has three co-chairs (from Apple, Microsoft, and IBM) and, despite some debate over seman­tics, the Work­ing Draft of the spec was recent­ly updat­ed.

Ear­li­er this month a group of high-pro­file developers—including Dan Ceder­holm and Jef­frey Zeld­man—got togeth­er to dis­cuss the spec and declare their sup­port (albeit with some caveats) for the direc­tion it’s mov­ing in. Although I’m not com­fort­able with the self-aggran­dis­ing name they chose—the HTML5 Super Friends—their sup­port is a pos­i­tive move and their con­cerns have already made an impact in the Sep­tem­ber updates to the language.

It must be not­ed, how­ev­er, that the ‘Super Friends’ con­cen­trat­ed on the markup lan­guage, while anoth­er aspect (the drag and drop mod­ule) has been round­ly sav­aged in a strong­ly-word­ed attack by Quirks­Blog’s Peter-Paul Koch.

Many browsers now have HTML5 imple­ment­ed to vary­ing degrees (Opera 10 is first with HTML5 Forms, for exam­ple), so if you haven’t already, it’s time to start learn­ing. A List Apart gave a con­cise intro­duc­tion, and the doc­u­ment high­light­ing dif­fer­ences from HTML4 is also a good start­ing point.

But if you want advice, the best thing you can do is see the Doc­tor.

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