HTML gets a new face

The World Wide Web Consortium,
for the first time in 10
years, is revising the Hypertext
Markup Language.

The organization has released a
public working draft of HTML
Version 5 (GCN.com, Quickfind
945), designed at least in part to
bring the open standard up-to-date
with Web 2.0 applications.

HTML 5 will offer greater support
for multimedia, interactive
page editing and Web applications.
It also is the first version
that requires all the patented
technologies used in the standard
to be royalty-free.

'HTML is, of course, a very important
standard,' said Sir Tim
Berners-Lee ' who authored
the first version of HTML, and,
in effect, created the Web ' in a
statement. 'I am glad to see that
the community of developers ... is
working together to create the
best possible path for the Web.
To integrate the input of so
many people is hard work, as is
the challenge of balancing stability
with innovation, pragmatism
with idealism.'

More than 500 people took part
in drafting the new standard, including
participants from Boeing,
Cisco Systems, Google, Hewlett-
Packard, IBM, Microsoft and the
Mozilla Foundation.

New features include a set of
application programming interfaces
for drawing 2-D graphics,
along with tags allowing users to
edit pages and specifying conditions
of client-side data storage.

A number of new tags have been
added to describe page elements,
including sections and footers, and
a space for navigation cues.

The consortium is seeking feedback
on the draft, asking more
authoring-tool developers to participate.

About the Author

Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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