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Figure 1-1. The convoluted evolution of HTML. Note that the HTML2 specification appeared pri-
or to the formation of the W3C.
The current state of HTML5
“The specification is never complete because it is continuously
Is HTML5 done? No! Is it ready to use? Yes! The WHATWG and W3C continue to de-
velop the HTML5 specification in conjunction with each other; however, WHATWG no
longer refers to its specification as HTML5 (and you just thought you were wrapping
your head around the history!). In addition to focusing on codifying what is already in
practice, another philosophical difference between the WHATWG and the W3C HTML
Working Group is that the WHATWG will no longer be developing a version of HTML
that will at some point be closed for further revision. The W3C treats each version as a
“snapshot” of the current state of development, while the WHATWG aims to have one
specification for HTML that gets updated as needed. This reflects a move away from
developing web applications that rely on the features of a particular version of HTML
and instead relies on checking for support of the features directly, regardless of the “ver-
sion” of the HTML specification used.
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