Archive for the ‘Specification Changes’ Category

The ride to 5

Forwards In recent weeks I contacted around 40 people, a cross section of those who have banged away at, or banged on about, HTML5. I asked them for their perspectives on HTML5 becoming a W3C Recommendation. Below are the words of the 28 people who responded, pretty much in the order they hit my inbox: […]

The Web Manifest specification

By Marcos Cáceres and Bruce Lawson. Many of us who work on the web are actively working to narrow “the gap” between native applications and web applications. (Disclosure: your humble authors, Marcos Caceres and Bruce Lawson work for browser vendors – Mozilla and Opera respectively – and therefore have mortgage-related reasons to convince you this […]

HTML5 adaptive images: end of round one

After The Great Vendor Prefix Hullaballoo of April 2012 comes The Great Responsive Images Brouhaha of May 2012. We look at the main competing formats for adding adaptive images to HTML – the <picture> element, and the <img srcset=""> attribute.

Goodbye time, datetime, and pubdate. Hello data and value.

While HTML5 is stable and being implemented we’re still not past losing (or gaining) an element, as demonstrated by the removal of <time> and the addition of <data>. Rather than jumping into the ensuing brouhaha, we’ve spent some time figuring out what this really means. In short? Well… it’s complicated.

The return of the u element

The <u> element was deprecated in HTML 4 and non-conforming in HTML5, but a couple of use cases have seen it return from the dead. Are the use cases enough to persuade you that it’s a phoenix not a zombie?

The hgroup hokey cokey

As you may well have heard this week, hgroup has been in, out and in the spec again, while members of the W3C and others have truly been shaking it all about. If you’ve missed this latest merry dance then please head on over to the W3 bug report page to help get a clearer indication.

HTML5 for Web Developers

While they’re essential reading material for our job, W3C specifications tend to make for poor reading material. One intrepid developer set out to change this for himself — “HTML5 for Web Developers” is the fruit of his labours. In addition to introducing this awesome new resource, we make a delicious fruit salad for you by comparing it to the other HTML(5) specs.

HTML as a Living Standard — For and Against

Recently Ian Hickson, editor of the HTML5 specification, announced that HTML is the new HTML5, meaning that the WHATWG will drop the numeral “5” and just call their spec “HTML”. Giant brains John Foliot and Bruce Lawson engage in an intellectual clash of the titans over whether or not you should care.