HTML 5 is now officially a web standard

Wait. What? Yeah, that’s right. Even though HTML5 has been in use for years, it was only published as a formal Recommendation from the W3C today (this October, the 28th). The W3C completed the definition of HTML5 in December, 2012. In the 22 months since, the W3C community has been refining the specification and adding to the HTML5 test suite, which includes over 100,000 tests and continues to grow. That’s history folks. That means HTML5 is now considered an official Web standard.

HTML5 brings some serious mojo to the Web such as:

  • video and audio tracks without needing plugins,
  • programmatic access to a resolution-dependent bitmap canvas (useful for rendering graphs, game graphics, and other visual images on-the-fly),
  • native support for scalable vector graphics (SVG) and math (MathML),
  • annotations important for East Asian typography,
  • features to enable accessibility of rich applications,
  • and much, much more.

HTML5 is particularly significant for mobile devices. According to a 2014 Vision Mobile Survey, 42% of 10,000 developers surveyed are using the combination of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript for all or part of their mobile apps. Gartner identified HTML5 as one of their top 10 mobile technologies and capabilities for 2015 and 2016, saying HTML5 “will be an essential technology for organizations delivering applications across multiple platforms.”

Even though modern web browsers have solid support for HTML5, developers can now design and build with greater confidence in the published spec and with greater assurance that HTML5 is rock solid; it is, as they say, set in stone.

Hallelujah.