The HMTL5 Standard - Where Do Things Stand?

by Kevin Benedict

September 23, 2011

In this article we are going to explore the status of the HTML5 standard. The HTML5 specification from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) can be found  A version-control record of all changes to the HTML5 standard are available at:

Predictions for the completion of the HTML5 standard vary widely. An article from Vision Mobile, published in June, states that HTML5 completion is not expected before 2014. (

A Reuters article published in July reveals that the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) indicates the actual standard is not officially expected to be completed until 2020. (

Regardless of when the HTML5 standard is completed, developers are taking advantage of the HTML5 features currently available. Contemporary Analysis recently conducted an online survey with web developers about HTML5. The survey was conducted on behalf of appendTo, an HTML5 and JavaScript consulting company. 84 percent of developers indicated they plan to use HTML5 in projects within the next 6 months. From the responses, the survey revealed the top HTML5 features that developers plan on using. Beyond the new HTML5 semantics, the most popular choices were:

  • Local data storage
  • Multimedia capabilities
  • Advanced graphics capabilities
  • 3D effects

Other HTML 5 features which developers want are:

  • Geolocation
  • Interactivity features, such as drag-and-drop

Sources for this article:

Previously published articles on HTML5

HTML5's Future - Comments and Predictions
More HTML5 Apps for Your Review
HTML5 Apps 
What Can HTML5 Offer Mobile Developers?
HTML5 - What I am Learning
Projections for and Demonstrations of HTML5
HTML5, Enterprise Mobility and Visual Effects 
Challenges with HTML5 for Mobile Applications 
More on HTML5 for Mobile Application Developers
What Can HTML5 Offer Mobile Developers?
HTML5 - What I am Learning

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