There was a lot of big news today in the world of Web standards. Today the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) published the first public working draft of HTML 5. It’s the next generation of thinking around the future of HTML, which is the lingua franca or building blocks of every Web site.
Some of HTML 5 is great… some of its meh… but it’s a start, which is AWESOME.
Yes, just to be clear… HTML 5 is far from done. If you follow the timeline set forth by the chairs of the working group who have taken up this endeavor, this may be wrapping up in 2010.
But… what this first public working draft is is hopefully a starting point of even more community discussion and participating in what will be the future of the Web.
Now, just to warn you. The HTML 5 specification draft is pretty heavy… as in the language is tough and if you were to print it off and drop it on your toe, you’d probably break your toe. The main audience of the spec is browser makers (Microsoft, Mozilla, Apple, Opera, etc.)
If you wanna work your way up to reading the spec, I’d recommend checking out the document “HTML 5 differences from HTML 4” which was also released today for first public working draft by the W3C. You could also check out the A List Apart article written by Lachlan Hunt, “A Preview of HTML 5.“