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[W3C News Release and Press Conf] HTML5 Definition Complete, W3C Moves to Interoperability Testing and Performance

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2012 10:08:29 -0600
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We issued a press release a moment ago:

 HTML5 Definition Complete, W3C Moves to Interoperability Testing and Performance

The complete release is online (and text below):

The release includes more than 25 testimonials from W3C Members.


We are planning a virtual press conference today at 1pm ET for 30 minutes.
Jeff Jaffe (CEO), and Philippe Le Hégaret will be on the call to answer
your questions.

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Ian Jacobs, Head of W3C Communications
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HTML5 Definition Complete, W3C Moves to 
Interoperability Testing and Performance

First Draft of HTML 5.1 Offers Glimpse at Next Round 
of Standardization

17 December 2012 — The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) published today
the complete definition of the HTML5 and Canvas 2D
specifications. Though not yet W3C standards, these specifications are
now feature complete, meaning businesses and developers have a stable
target for implementation and planning. HTML5 is the cornerstone of
the Open Web Platform, a full programming environment for
cross-platform applications with access to device capabilities; video
and animations; graphics; style, typography, and other tools for
digital publishing; extensive network capabilities; and more.

"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 smart phones, cars, televisions,
ebooks, digital signs, and devices not yet known."

W3C also announced today 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 enhance existing HTML features and develop new
ones, including extensions to complement built-in HTML5 accessibility,
responsive images, and adaptive streaming. 

From Leading-Edge Implementations to Broad HTML5 Interoperability in 2014

Recent advances in technology and a vibrant browser market have been
the source of significant innovation, much of which is now part of
HTML5 and related technologies. In a recent Kendo UI survey of more
than 4000 developers, 63 percent indicate that they are "actively
developing with HTML5." However, the same survey shows that "browser
fragmentation" remains an important developer concern, as it increases
the cost and complexity of using a technology.

To reduce browser fragmentation and extend implementations to the full
range of tools that consume and produce HTML, W3C now embarks on the
stage of W3C standardization devoted to interoperability and testing
(called "Candidate Recommendation").

During this stage, the W3C HTML Working Group will conduct a variety
of activities to ensure that the specifications may be implemented
compatibly across browsers, authoring tools, email clients, servers,
content management systems, and other Web tools. The group will
analyze current HTML5 implementations, establish priorities for test
development, and work with the community to develop those tests. The
HTML Working Group has planned for this implementation phase to last
into mid-2014, after which W3C expects to publish the final HTML5
Recommendation, available Royalty-Free to implementers under the W3C
Patent Policy.

The HTML Working Group is not alone in its pursuit of success for
HTML5 and the broader Open Web Platform. For example, the Web
Performance Working Group —which today published two W3C
Recommendations giving access to performance metrics— is developing
techniques to measure and enhance Web application performance; they
recently announced findings from a November Workshop. The Web and TV
Interest Group and the Core Mobile Web Community Group have
prioritized testing as a way to promote deployment to a growing set of


Many people in the W3C Membership, staff, and the wider community of
reviewers have contributed to the specifications published today.

W3C recognizes the work of Ian Hickson (Google), who has been the
editor of the HTML5 specification for nearly all of its history.

W3C appreciates the ongoing leadership of the HTML Working Group
co-Chairs Paul Cotton (Microsoft), Sam Ruby (IBM), and Maciej
Stachowiak (Apple). W3C also thanks the current editors who will help
shepherd the specifications to W3C Recommendation.

W3C thanks all the organizations and individuals participating in the
HTML Working Group for the significant time and energy they have
invested, and for their ongoing commitment.  

About the World Wide Web Consortium

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international consortium
where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work
together to develop Web standards. W3C primarily pursues its mission
through the creation of Web standards and guidelines designed to
ensure long-term growth for the Web. The Open Web Platform is a
current major focus. Over 375 organizations are Members of the
Consortium. W3C is jointly run by the MIT Computer Science and
Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL) in the USA, the
European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM)
headquartered in France and Keio University in Japan, and has
additional Offices worldwide. For more information see

Testimonials from W3C Members


    ACCESS is pleased to see this HTML5 Candidate Recommendation. We
    think HTML5 is useful as a single approach to connect servers and
    all client devices.

    These are not only for Cloud, PC and Smart Phone but also for
    Embedded Devices without any plugins. We implemented HTML5
    technologies to various embedded devices, and started a lot of
    services by it. Furthermore, there will be many enhanced
    technologies defined in WGs, these will be equipped on them, too,
    to realize leading-edge services. ACCESS commits to continue to
    support W3C activities and to contribute to the industry by Web

    Kunihiro Ishiguro, Chief Technology Officer, ACCESS CO., LTD.

Accessibility Foundation

    Accessibility Foundation is excited about the complete definition
    of HTML5 and Canvas 2D specifications. This stable format of HTML5
    offers great possibilities for improving accessibility of web and
    mobile web applications, digital signs, ebooks and devices not yet
    known for people with disabilities. We are very enthusiastic about
    the HTML5 possibilities for improving web accessibility of
    video. We applaud the great work done sofar by the experts
    involved in this work and trust that accessibility for people with
    disabilities will remain a cornerstone of the work to be done in
    the near future.

    Eric Velleman, Advisory Committee Representative, Accessibility
    Foundation (Netherlands)


    The completion of the HTML5 and Canvas specifications is an
    important milestone for developers and designers as it provides a
    common foundation for browsers and other implementations. Web
    standards are central to Adobe's Edge Tools & Services for
    authoring rich interactive web media and animations, helping us
    deliver a more predictable and reliable user experience for anyone
    creating content and applications for the modern web. We
    congratulate the working group for their efforts in advancing both

    Danny Winokur, Vice President and General Manager, Adobe
    Interactive Development


    With HTML 5.0, developers can now easily create multimedia web
    sites and manipulate contents like video, audio and images without
    plugins. This standard will improve the user experience and will
    simplify the developer's work.

    Emmanuel Venisse, CTO, Bistri


    As an agency for integrated communication, Cocomore is keen on
    innovative standardized technology. The broad interoperability of
    HTML5 facilitates our web developments especially for mobile
    apps. We are proud to contribute our expertise to W3C. We are
    proud of being part of this international leading-edge web

    Dr. Hans-Ulrich von Freyberg, CEO, Cocomore AG


    DFKI congratulates W3C to the stabilization of HTML5. HTML5 is the
    major, now solid building block for creating the open web platform
    of the future, to be used by everybody, on all devices and within
    all mobile platforms. It will transform all parts of our
    live. Using HTML5 as a basis, DFKI is excited to contribute to
    emerging areas like Web and automotive, the Web of things and
    services, 3D internet and the multilingual Web. HTML5 will
    transform daily life in cities and bring industry to the next
    stage industry 4.0. We are also looking forward to the next steps
    for the open web platform, addressing crucial areas like security,
    mobile payment and personalization.

    Reinhard Karger, Corporate Spokesperson, DFKI

Ebay / PayPal

    With the advent of HTML 5, Web developers are now free to create
    Web pages and applications that truly delight users. PayPal’s
    experience using HTML 5 on our sites has allowed us to provide a
    stronger experience for our customers with more flexibility than
    ever before." said Daniel Austin, Principal Architect at PayPal, a
    long-time member of the HTML working group and one of the authors
    of the previous HTML specification. "We welcome this next step in
    the evolution of HTML and look forward to participating in making
    the Web smarter, safer, and faster for everyone.

    Dr. Daniel Austin, Principal Architect, PayPal, Inc.


    HTML5 plays a fundamental role in making Facebook accessible to
    the more than one billion people who use our products. Building
    with the latest web technologies is how we are able to make our
    experience available across more than 7,000 devices. Today's
    announcement is an important milestone for the Open Web
    Platform. Facebook is proud to contribute to this effort through
    involvement in initiatives like the Coremob Community Group.

    Tobie Langel, W3C Advisory Committee Representative, Facebook


    HTML5 is now a important part of the Web. But more than that it is
    also a important part of Digital Publishing in ePub 3.0. We are
    looking forward to see the impact of the HTML5 and its ecosystem
    on all devices!

    Mohamed ZERGAOUI, CTO, Innovimax

    HTML5 est désormais une part capitale du Web. Mais c'est aussi une
    part primordiale du Livre Numérique dans ePub 3.0. Nous sommes
    impatients de voir l'impact de HTML5 et de son écosystème sur les
    tous les supports !

    Mohamed ZERGAOUI, Responsable Stratégie Numérique, Innovimax


    This release is a milestone for the evolution of HTML5. The work
    done by W3C helps avoid fragmentation while stimulating innovation
    and creating new opportunities for developers. This can lead to
    exciting new experiences for consumers across a range of mobile
    devices. As a contributing member to W3C Working Groups, steward
    of webplatform.org, and leading participant in open source
    development, Intel enthusiastically supports the publication of
    the complete definition of the HTML5 and Canvas 2D specifications
    and we look forward to our continued contributions.

    Imad Sousou, director, Open Source Technology Center, Intel Corporation


    As global leader association of Web professional we are really
    excited about the HTML5 Candidate Rec because this will help our
    members to have a most stable guideline for the development of
    innovative and responsive web sites and web applications. We was
    recently involved in HTML5 tour and we found that there is a lot
    of interest in a stable version of this specification, expecially
    for members that develop web sites for private and public
    companies. We will support the specification, with also education
    and outreach for members, and we hope that will be easly
    implemented by user agent vendors with full accessibility support
    for people with disabilities.

    Roberto Scano, W3C Advisory Committee Representative,
    International Webmasters Association (IWA/HWG)


    HTML5 unleashes the power of the Web on all sorts of devices and
    connected objects. Joshfire uses HTML5 and related Web standards
    throughout its application Factory to create innovative
    cross-device user experiences. As such, Joshfire is proud to
    support W3C and welcomes the publication of HTML5 as a Candidate

    Michel Levy-Provençal, CEO, Joshfire


    With the spread of smartphones, we consider HTML5 as the most
    promising application platform standards for realization of
    OS-independent services. However, the unique advantage of HTML5,
    which the other application platforms including OSs do not have,
    is cooperation and dispersability. This will become the driving
    force of the evolution of the future information system by
    promoting utilization of diverse services and devices. KDDI also
    offers a variety of smartphones to consumers. Through these
    terminals, we have already taken on a role to provide an HTML5
    platform to the public.

    Satoru Takagi, KDDI CORPORATION

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

    HTML was born of the scientific community, and its importance to
    worldwide communication both within that community and to its
    myriad stakeholders is tremendous. As HTML5 and the Open Web
    Platform mature, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory sees new
    opportunities for facilitating open scientific collaboration,
    communicating discoveries, expanding the use of scientific
    computing, and bringing our tradition of teamwork to bear on the
    problems that challenge our world.

    Annette Greiner, W3C Advisory Committee Representative, Lawrence
    Berkeley National Laboratory


    Microsoft is proud to have participated in the hard work that has
    made HTML5 and Canvas 2D Candidate Recommendations, and
    congratulates W3C on reaching this important milestone. We look
    forward to working with the Web community to finalize these as W3C
    Recommendations. Several Microsoft products have implemented these
    emerging open Web standards to bring interoperability and maximum
    reach across multiple devices. We're confident that HTML5 and
    Canvas 2D are ready for wide adoption, and glad that the industry
    shares our enthusiasm for HTML5.1 that will soon support better
    graphics and streaming media in an open way.

    Jean Paoli, President, Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc.

MoboTap / Dolphin

    Dolphin is proud to be part of the Coremob Working Group and
    contribute to the future of web standards. The completion of HTML5
    Open Web Standards is essential and a big milestone for a much
    stronger future of mobile web. We are committed to continue our
    support and excited to make the mobile web more open for both
    developers and users.

    Yongzhi Yang, CEO, MoboTap (maker of Dolphin Browser)

Newphoria Corporation

    HTML5 will increasingly become crucial for IT industry. This
    advance (becoming CR) will accelerate expansion of use of web
    technologies in various industries. We are engaged in web-based
    signage. We hope that HTML5 will be used much more widely in
    signage industry.

    Futomi Hatano, CTO, Newphoria Corporation

NTT Communications

    It is great news that HTML5 has reached CR status. It means almost
    all modern browsers will support HTML5 features themselves. This
    will not only drive the movement of developing Web services based
    on HTML5, but also lots of tools for HTML5 based site will also be
    deployed in the market. Of course, this is the not the last step
    toward the goal of building an Open Web Platform, but this is an
    important step.

    Kensaku Komatsu, Research Engineer, NTT Communications

Opera Software

    In 2003, when Opera started the spec that's now called HTML5, we
    dreamed that the Web would be the ubiquitous platform instead of
    the fragmented place it was then. Thanks to close co-operation
    with many others - some of whom are competitors - W3C is cementing
    the role of free, interoperable open standards at the heart of the
    world's communications network. Vive le Web.

    Lars Erik Bolstad, VP Core Technology, Opera Software


    HTML5 represents to our customers the next stable cross-platform
    technology for interactive applications which we will support in
    our applications. Profium would like to thank those in and outside
    of W3C who have contributed to the effort so far and paved the way
    for the future Web.

    Janne Saarela, CEO, Profium


    The goal Rakuten has always pursued is to empower people using our
    service, all over the world. Thanks to HTML5, we can achieve this
    goal by creating device agnostic desktop and mobile web
    experiences that are more intuitive and user friendly. From a
    development perspective, HTML5 also provides a great opportunity
    to lower the costs, and speed up time-to-market. We can
    concentrate on people, what they want to do, and not on the device
    they are using. HTML5 makes it possible.

    Ishikawa Tomoya, Executive Officer, Rakuten Inc.

Research in Motion (RIM)

    The BlackBerry platform continues to be a leader in support of web
    standards and implementation of those standards. With a browser
    built in HTML5 and one of the most robust HTML5 tool kits for
    developers in the mobile space, web technologies are clearly
    fundamental to BlackBerry 10. RIM is very pleased to see HTML5
    advance to Candidate Recommendation (CR) status at W3C, an
    important milestone for the entire HTML5
    eco-system. Congratulations W3C and to all those involved in
    reaching this very important milestone.

    George Staikos, Vice President - Web Technologies, Research In Motion (RIM)


    Sencha have been helping its community of two million developers
    take advantage of HTML5 features as they emerge in modern browsers
    via our tools and frameworks. We're extremely pleased to see HTML5
    standardization proceed at such a rapid pace. For developers that
    want a standards-based long-lived platform, we believe that you
    simply can't do better than rely on the web for your platform.

    Michael Mullany, CEO, Sencha


    Thanks to W3C HTML Working Group members, public contributors, and
    the W3C team for the effort necessary to move HTML5.0 and Canvas
    2D into Candidate Recommendations. For the past few years, HTML5
    has been central in the development of Tomo-Digi solutions for
    next-generation TV in Asian countries. The new candidate
    recommendations will accelerate the deployment of HTML5 in
    broadcasting and among TV devices and revolutionize the media
    market with the power of the Open Web Platform.

    Yosuke Funahashi, Board Director, Tomo-Digi Corporation


    At Touch5Mobile (T5M) innovation drives our passion and the nexus
    of our passion is HTML5. T5M is 100% committed to HTML5 innovation
    and has been since its inception. Our team is fully committed to
    contributing best practices and new findings that will help shape
    HTML5 standardization. With the advances in HTML5 we are able to
    develop familiar app-like experiences cross-platform hybrid apps
    for retailers and their customers more cost effectively than
    native apps.

    Scotty Moore, Founder Touch5Mobile


    At Zynga, we couldn't be more excited about the bright future of
    HTML5 and its media-related connected specifications such as
    Canvas, Web Audio and responsive images. HTML5 promises the
    potential to bring instantly enjoyable fun experiences to more
    people than ever before. Today marks an important milestone in
    making HTML5 a general-purpose technology, including games. Games
    have almost aways been a deciding factor for the success of a
    platform, and we look forward to continue to work with the W3C on
    making the open web a better place for games.

    Paul Bakaus, W3C Advisory Committee Representative, Zynga

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