Today, I was catching up on my blog reading, and I came across Tim’s post about “HTML5 heading for an early grave?”. You can read the original news article here.
This is very disappointing because the HTML 4 standard is so old. The Internet has changed so much that we need something now.
On the other hand, it isn’t anything new. The browsers keep talking about adding HTML 5 features, so it’s not like we don’t already have HTML 5 in some form or another. Then, if you look at HTML tutorials you will see all kinds of idiosyncracies in the way each of the browsers works. Now, you have to test your website in each browser just to make sure it works for everyone.
I choose to be optimistic — if we take our time, we will get this right. With a compliance testing tool, we will have a clear standard to measure each browser against and put pressure on the browsers to follow the standard. I hope that is the way it will work!