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HTML editor dumps 'HTML5' for HTML

HTML 5 now HTML says WHATWG just two days after the World Wide Web Consortium debuted a flashy new HTML 5 badge.
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The editor of the Hypertext Markup Language standard has dumped the term 'HTML 5', just two days after the World Wide Web Consortium debuted a flashy new HTML 5 badge. HTML 5 now HTML says WHATWG

"HTML is the new HTML 5," Ian Hickson, of the Web Hypertext Application Working Group (WHATWG), said in a blog post on Wednesday. The announcement embodies a more continuous development process that Hickson has been planning for more than a year. However, Hickson told CNET News that the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) HTML 5 logo hastened a change that had been planned for later in 2011.

"Now even the W3C is saying 'HTML 5' means everything from CSS to font formats, so advocates really were left without anything to specifically refer to HTML. So we asked around, and the objections to the rename were much reduced already, even compared to a week ago, so we went for it," Hickson said. The demise of the HTML 5 label will only affect one of the two groups that oversees HTML's development, however, as the W3C remains attached to the term.

For more on this story, see HTML editor dumps 'HTML5' even as W3C touts it on CNET News.

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