The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is the main international standards organization for the World Wide Web (abbreviated WWW or W3). On December 17, W3C announced that it has finalized specifications for HTML5 and the finalized specifications for HTML5 is ready for testing.
Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG) and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) joined together to develop HyperText Markup Language (HTML) rapidly. But later the two parties broke up and started to develop HTML individually.
WHATWG started to develop HTML5 and evolve it further by integrating newer technologies over time. The upcoming release version will be called a ‘living standard’ for HTML. On the other side, W3C started to create traditional standards for HTML5. WHATWG terms these standards as ‘snapshots’ to their living standard. Be noted, HTML5 hasn’t been given the status of standard yet.
However, on Monday, W3C announced that it has finalized specifications for HTML5. Currently, the HTML5 specification has 10 open issues, approximately 300 outstanding bugs, and 11 formal objections. But the good news is the group has already fixed 600 bugs and 28 issues so far this year. However, the finalized specifications for HTML5 is ready for testing too.
The W3C said, “HTML5 is the cornerstone of the Open Web Platform. The W3C HTML Working Group will conduct a variety of activities to ensure that the specifications may be implemented compatibly across browsers, authoring tools, email clients, servers, content management systems, and other Web tools.”
Though the specification has been finalized, still a lot of work will need to be done before HTML5 reaches the finish line. The W3C has announced that it plans to finish the HTML5 spec by 2014 and the HTML 5.1 spec by 2016. If the plan is approved, W3C hopes to push HTML5 to Candidate Release status by the end of this year.