New mailing list: HTML 5 Help

It is quite understandable that there is some confusion surrounding the future of HTML right now, with the WHAT Working Group becoming more widely known, the W3C rechartering their HTML Working Group, and all the talk about HTML 5.

So you may have questions but don’t know where to ask them.

Well, a good place to ask any questions you might have about Web Applications 1.0 (a.k.a. HTML 5 and XHTML 5) is the HTML 5 Help mailing list,, established by the WHAT Working Group.

Any questions regarding HTML 5 are welcome, including “Why is HTML 5 being developed?”, “When can HTML 5 be used?”, and “Why should I use HTML5?”.

Subscribe and start asking – and answering, if you can – questions. By contributing you will increase the chances of the HTML 5 specification becoming a usable, understandable specification.

Posted on March 15, 2007 in (X)HTML, Quicklinks


  1. March 15, 2007 by David F

    Did you mean XHTML 2? “….Web Applications 1.0 (a.k.a. HTML 5 and XHTML 5) is the….”?

  2. Call me extremely naive, but am I to understand that any arbitrarily formed group who is serious enough about the work they put into building a standard can just as easily put one together that will define the future of the web (i.e. HTML 5)?

    I mean, sure, the W3C doesn’t own patents on HTML or anything (or do they?) but does that mean that I could build my own group, put together my own specs/recommendations and if browser makers take me seriously then I could potentially shape the web’s future as opposed to the W3C?

    I’m asking because the W3C kind of seems to me like the government in many respects. You know, the “buck stops there” kind of thing.

    Then again, maybe the web is truly democratic, and maybe browser makers really do decide for themselves which standards to adopt.

  3. My first question is why these groups still insist on mailing lists when forums have been available for years. I don’t like my inbox flooded all the time thank you.

    Cheers for the heads up. I doubt I’ll be talking much, but it should be a good read.

  4. March 15, 2007 by zcorpan

    Matt Wilcox, we have a forum as well. You’re welcome to ask any questions you have there. :-)

  5. Ara: Yes, that’s right. Anyone with the support of the browser makers can do whatever they want. Look at early implementations of JavaScript. Microsoft did whatever it wanted with its own browser, and that definitely shaped the future of the web.

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