A Preliminary Draft Of HTML 5.0 Published!

A Preliminary Draft Of HTML 5.0 Published!
The long-awaited HTML 5.0’s early draft has finally been published. In a decade’s time since HTML 4 was first published in December 1997, the Internet has undergone a sea change and this latest release should very well reflect and meet the growing needs of the users.

The announcement came on January 22, 2008. Most of the new inclusions pertain to APIs for 2D Drawing, better control over embedded multimedia and a comprehensive listing h/uas been provided here.

Tim Berners-Lee, author of the first version of HTML and W3C Director said “HTML is of course a very important standard,…I am glad to see that the community of developers, including browser vendors, is working together to create the best possible path for the Web. To integrate the input of so many people is hard work, as is the challenge of balancing stability with innovation, pragmatism with idealism.”

“Web sites reflect this progress: no longer static page collections, they are now media-rich communities that leverage participation and evolve dynamically to better meet customer needs. Ajax and related innovations have propelled demands for a new standard that allows people to create Web applications that interoperate across desktop and mobile platforms.” The group said.

According to the W3C Group, HTML 5 would also improve interoperability and help in reducing software costs. This would be achieved by outlining precise rules about how to recover errors in addition to providing guidelines about handling all correct HTML documents.

The HTML 5 is being created by the HTML Working Group to be an open, royalty-free specification for rich Web content and applications. The working group comprises a total of 500 participants along with the several representatives from the corporate entities which are a members of the W3C, these include: ACCESS, AOL, Apple, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Mozilla, Nokia, and Opera.