New W3C HTML Working Group launched

The W3C today announced the official launch of the new HTML Working Group that has been in the news since October last year, when Tim Berners-Lee blogged about the need to reinvent HTML.

As expected the initial chair will be Microsoft's Chris Wilson, together with Dan Connolly from the W3C.

The working group will not be closed, as stated in W3C Relaunches HTML Activity:

Based on significant input from the design and developer communities within and outside the W3C Membership, W3C has chartered the group to conduct its work in public and to solicit broad participation from W3C Members and non-Members alike.

The new HTML Recommendation is expected to be finished by the third quarter of 2010. That's 3.5 years from now.

This quote from the HTML Working Group Charter is also encouraging:

The HTML Working Group will actively pursue convergence with WHATWG, encouraging open participation within the bounds of the W3C patent policy and available resources.

I don't know about you, but I think this is both important and exciting.

Posted on March 7, 2007 in (X)HTML, Web Standards