W3C Definitions focus on interoperability testing and performance
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has published new, feature-complete definitions of the HTML5 and Canvas 2D specifications in order to help businesses and web application authors, and to introduce new elements based on research into prevailing authoring practices.
“The broader the reach of Web technology, the more our stakeholders demand a stable standard,” said W3C CEO Jeff Jaffe. “As of today, businesses know what they can rely on for HTML5 in the coming years, and what their customers will demand. Likewise, developers will know what skills to cultivate to reach smartphones, cars, televisions, ebooks, digital signs, and devices not yet known.”
W3C is currently putting the new definitions through the “Candidate Recommendation” stage of standardization, the final stage of the organization’s ratification process for technical standards. At this stage of the ratification process, W3C aims to reduce browser fragmentation, which a majority of developers polled in a recent Kendo UI survey said was a major concern. In addition W3C looks to extend implementations to the full range of HTML5 tools. To that end, the W3C HTML Working Group will analyze current HTML5 implementations, establish priorities for test development, and collaborate with the W3C community to develop testing procedures.
In addition to the new definitions for HTML5 and Canvas 2D, W3C also announced the first draft of HTML 5.1 and Canvas 2D, Level 2, an early view of the next round of standardization. The W3C community continues to strive to improve existing HTML features and develop new ones, including extensions to complement built-in HTML5 accessibility, responsive images, and adaptive streaming.
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an international consortium devoted to the creation of Web standards and guidelines to ensure long-term growth for the Web, includes over 375 member organizations and a full-time staff. W3C is jointly run by the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL) in the United States, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) in France and Keio University in Japan, and has additional offices worldwide.