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From: Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2011 20:41:09 -0400
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Subject: W3C Invites Broad Review of HTML5 [Press Release]
Resent-Date: Wed, 25 May 2011 22:14:31 +0000
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Date: Wed, 25 May 2011 17:14:22 -0500
From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
To: W3C Members <w3c-ac-forum@w3.org>

Dear Advisory Committee Representative,

W3C just issued a press release with the publication of HTML5 and 
related documents as Last Call Working Drafts:

We also published a FAQ:

The full text of the release is below.

Ian Jacobs, Head of W3C Communications

W3C Invites Broad Review of HTML5

Feedback Sought on Outstanding Issues as Technology Makes Steady 
Progress toward Standard

http://www.w3.org/ — 25 May 2011 — W3C today called for broad review of 
HTML5 and five related specifications that constitute the foundation of 
W3C's Open Web Platform. At the heart of this platform, HTML5 offers 
powerful tools for creating Web-based applications that will run on any 
device. Due to the significant impact of this technology on industry and 
society, W3C is actively seeking feedback at this phase of the standards 

"We're seeing interest in HTML5 everywhere, and I am very excited that 
HTML5 has reached Last Call," said Philippe Le Hégaret, the W3C manager 
responsible for HTML5, CSS, SVG, WOFF, and other user interaction 
technologies. "The HTML Working Group is W3C's largest group with over 
50 W3C Members and more than 200 invited experts. Reaching agreements in 
this large a community is a tremendous achievement."

The W3C HTML Working Group invites broad review through 3 August, in 
particular on the priority open issues that are listed at the beginning 
of each document. The W3C HTML Working Group also invites contributions 
to the growing HTML test suite, an important instrument for achieving 

W3C also reconfirmed today that, as announced, these specifications are 
on track to become stable standards in 2014.

Broad Review to Help Resolve Outstanding Issues

By issuing a Last Call announcement, the HTML Working Group encourages 
people to comment on the extent to which they believe that technical 
requirements have been met and significant dependencies with groups 
inside and outside W3C have been satisfied. In September 2010, the HTML 
Working Group Chairs announced a plan and schedule to reach Last Call. 
Their plan included mechanisms to balance the community's desire for 
timely completion with the need to give all issues due consideration. 
The HTML Working Group has resolved forty issues since October 2010, but 
a number of decisions—including several related to accessibility—remain 
to be addressed during this phase of the standards process.

"We now invite new voices to let us know whether these specifications 
address a broad set of needs," said Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director. "This 
process for resolving dependencies with other groups is a central part 
of our mission of ensuring the Web is well-designed, including being 
available to all. W3C staff will provide the HTML Working Group the 
support it needs to move forward, and to ensure that the specification 
meets W3C's commitments in areas such as accessibility, 
internationalization, security, and privacy.

The HTML Working Group Chairs have published a timeline for Last Call 
through the next transition. More information can be found in a FAQ for 
the HTML5 Last Call.

Providing Feedback to the HTML Working Group

To provide feedback on any of the specifications published as Last Call 
Working Drafts, please see the instructions in the status section of 
each document:

	• HTML5
	• HTML+RDFa 1.1
	• HTML Microdata
	• HTML Canvas 2D Context
	• Polyglot Markup: HTML-Compatible XHTML Documents
	• HTML5: Techniques for providing useful text alternatives

The HTML Working Group published three additional documents today (not 
as Last Call drafts):

	• HTML: The Markup Language Reference
	• HTML5 diffs from HTML4
	• HTML to Platform Accessibility APIs Implementation Guide

Ian Jacobs (ij@w3.org)    http://www.w3.org/People/Jacobs/
Tel:                                      +1 718 260 9447
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