Posts related to the W3C HTML Working Group and the HTML 5 specification that is currently being worked on.

Built-in or bolt-on accessibility in HTML5? How about a bit of both?

Having built-in semantics and accessibility in HTML5 is great, but I think we also need specifications like WAI-ARIA that let us add accessibility to less than ideal markup.

Posted on April 26, 2010

HTML5 input types

HTML5 adds many new types of useful form controls. Some browsers support some of them already.

Posted on April 12, 2010

IE9 Platform Preview available

A platform preview of Internet Explorer 9 is now available for download. News include better performance and improved support for HTML5, CSS3, DOM, SVG, and XHTML.

Posted on March 16, 2010

Seven HTML related working drafts published

HTML5, HTML: The Markup Language, HTML5 differences from HTML4, HTML+RDFa, HTML Microdata, HTML Canvas 2D Context, and Additional Requirements for Bidi in HTML.

Posted on March 8, 2010

Embedding video files without JavaScript

A method for embedding video files with the HTML 5 video element, QuickTime or Flash that does not require JavaScript.

Posted on January 25, 2010

W3C HTML Accessibility Task Force

The W3C HTML Accessibility Task Force will help ensure that HTML 5 provides features to enable Web content to be accessible to people with disabilities.

Posted on January 12, 2010

Error messages for corrupt HTML

Vlad Alexander argues that web browsers should display error messages for corrupt HTML 5 and invites Ian Hickson to debate on this topic.

Posted on January 11, 2010

HTML 5 syntax

HTML 5 does not have the same strict syntax rules that XHTML does, which opens up for problems in teams of developers and makes teaching HTML more difficult.

Posted on December 2, 2009

XHTML 1.0 helped improve the Web

Jeffrey Zeldman on how the stricter and clearer rules of XHTML 1.0 made many web professionals improve their markup.

Posted on November 30, 2009

Do you find table summaries helpful?

Looking for input from screen reader users with regards to the usefulness of the summary attribute for data tables and the information provided in it.

Posted on November 17, 2009

HTML 5 and the summary attribute

The current HTML 5 Working Draft lists the summary attribute as an obsolete but conforming feature and tells authors to provide table information to all users.

Posted on September 7, 2009

The evolution and future of HTML

Sam Ruby, co-chair of the W3C HTML Working Group, has put together a number of select quotes to illustrate the evolution of HTML, from the beginning to where it is now.

Posted on March 17, 2009

Can the alt attribute be omitted without hurting accessibility?

In the current editor’s draft of the HTML 5 specification, the alt attribute for images is no longer required. I am not convinced that this is a good idea.

Posted on September 7, 2007

The HTML 5 circus: Why I left and rejoined the W3C HTML Working Group

I left the W3C HTML Working Group in July 2007 and rejoined it in August. Here is why.

Posted on August 16, 2007

HTML 5 and accessibility

The HTML Working Group is required to cooperate with the Web Accessibility Initiative to ensure that HTML 5 enables accessibility.

Posted on June 7, 2007

Another look at HTML 5

Further thoughts on the HTML Working Group and HTML 5, plus a few suggestions.

Posted on May 14, 2007

Is HTML 5 a slippery slope?

Tommy Olsson comments on the possibility of backwards compatibility and standardised error handling being bad for overall code quality.

Posted on May 10, 2007

Help keep accessibility and semantics in HTML

If you think accessibility and semantics are important and should be improved in the next version of HTML, you need to act.

Posted on May 7, 2007

Browsers will treat all versions of HTML as HTML 5

Browsers claiming to support HTML 5 are required to treat all text/html content according to the HTML 5 specification.

Posted on May 2, 2007

Joining the W3C HTML Working Group

The new W3C HTML Working Group really is open to the community of Web professionals. Consider joining. I did.

Posted on April 2, 2007

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