THE WORLD WIDE WEB CONSORTIUM (W3C) reckons that the final version of HTML5 won't be ready until 2014.
While technology giants are either shouting support or denouncing the marmite splitting properties of HTML5, the W3C reckons it's a waste of breath until the interoperability has been standardised. The standards body has said that could take some time, as it will be another three years before the full specification of HTML5 will be released.
There are currently fifty organisations in the HTLM5 working group all vying to get royalty free licensing under the W3C patent policy. There are also 400 individuals for whom HTML5 will be the backbone of their work.
It's a good thing that all the participants get their say in the HTLM5 working group but design by committee takes forever as everyone will be pulling in different directions.
However, the W3C is willing to wait until 2014 because it's working on a comprehensive test suite. It claimed this will ensure the broadest possible interoperability for HTML5.
"Even as innovation continues, advancing HTML5 to Recommendation provides the entire Web ecosystem with a stable, tested, interoperable standard," said Jeff Jaffe, W3C CEO.
"The decision to schedule the HTML5 Last Call for May 2011 was an important step in setting industry expectations. Today we take the next step, announcing 2014 as the target for Recommendation," he added.
It seems that Google isn't hanging around to get some HTML5 action going. Yesterday the company added HTML5 canvas backing to its Google Web Toolkit.
"Developers can take advantage of the modern web with the first round of HTML5 support within the GWT SDK," wrote Google blogger Chris Ramsdale. µ
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