Joining the W3C HTML Working Group

With the new W3C HTML Working Group launched, you may feel interested in helping shape the future of HTML. You might also be asking yourself how serious the W3C is about the following statement in the press release:

W3C today invites browser vendors, application developers, and content designers to help design the next version of HTML by participating in the new W3C HTML Working Group.

Speaking from my personal experience, that seems to be for real.

I followed the instructions for joining the Working Group that Ian Hickson posted in W3C restarts HTML effort. My application was accepted, so I am now an “invited expert” (self-invited, mind you), along with all the other Participants in the HTML Working Group. So if you are interested and think you can contribute, do join the WG.

I haven’t posted anything to the mailing list yet, as I am trying to get a feel for how things work there before I put my foot in my mouth. I also find it a little difficult to keep up with the amount of email on the list. I haven’t been subscribed to any mailing lists with that kind of volume in a while, so I guess it will take some time to get used to it again.

Posted on April 2, 2007 in (X)HTML, HTML 5, Quicklinks


  1. I did the same sometime last month. I also started posting on the WHATWG list. I think this is a unique opportunity and that people who care about web standards ought to get involved since we have been welcomed to join in on the process.

    Basically, W3C HTMLWG is currently in a sort of disarray while we wait for Chris Wilson to get approval from Microsoft’s legal department regarding his chairmanship. For now, most people are just arguing minute points about various elements and / or tasks.

    I suspect the format will be significantly different once real work is underway. In retrospect, I probably should have realized the futility of trying to argue things this early in the game. It would have saved some time (though I tend to lose track of whether I’m on the WHATWG or W3C lists sometimes…).

    I don’t expect the number of posts to be as large once work is underway, either. So, right now, it’s just a bit crazy. Things should get more focused as time passes.

  2. I have thought about participating, but it will take much of my time… or am I wrong? I would like to discuss, talk and think about the next version, but time goes before that.

    Roger, do you have a idea of how much time it will cost?

  3. April 5, 2007 by Roger Johansson (Author comment)

    Arjan: So far I’ve spent maybe half an hour per day just skimming the messages on the mailing list.

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