You read that right. One day after the W3C’s earth-shaking announcement to brand HTML5 with a new logo… The WHATWG announces that HTML5 will no longer exist. Hey, Ian Hickson says that the WHATWG works closely with the W3C — but now I have to wonder.
Okay, I’ll stop scaring you. More accurately the phrase should be “HTML5 is dead, long live HTML” or as Ian Hickson puts it, “HTML is the New HTML5”. To be less dramatic, they are dropping the versioning to HTML. All the efforts of HTML5 will continue as before, but under the umbrella of HTML. This does make sense, as HTML5 was always intended to be the “last” version of HTML. The HTML specification will now be a living document that will always be in a state of flux. That’s pretty much how it’s been anyway, so no real change for developers there. And it drops that silly last call for features in 2012. What was supposed to happen at last call? “Bartender, I’d like to jam in three haphazard features before 2:00 please.” No! According to Molly Holzschlag features would still be accepted! And then there’s that whole “It will be finished in 2022” thing that Flex developers just love to quote when they tell young new devs which way their career should go. Ah, the wonderful world of standards.
So the career trajectory goes: HTML, Flash, AJAX, HTML5, HTML. What will the next buzz be? How about Social Media? Well… back to working on HTML Video. (Yeah, see? No ring to that.)