Here’s the bad news: the World Wide Web Consortium is going ahead with its plan to add DRM to HTML5, setting the stage for browsers that are designed to disobey their owners and to keep secrets from them so they can’t be forced to do as they’re told. Here’s the (much) worse news: the decision to go forward with the project of standardizing DRM for the Web came from Tim Berners-Lee himself, who seems to have bought into the lie that Hollywood will abandon the Web and move somewhere else (AOL?) if they don’t get to redesign the open Internet to suit their latest profit-maximization scheme.
Web Platform Docs is a new community-driven site that aims to become a comprehensive and authoritative source for web developer documentation.
The WHATWG HTML spec can now be considered a “living standard”. It’s more mature than any version of the HTML specification to date, so it made no sense for us to keep referring to it as merely a draft. We will no longer be following the “snapshot” model of spec development, with the occasional “call for comments”, “call for implementations”, and so forth.
Behold, HTML’s living specification. The w3c is still looking to publish a “snapshot” of HTML5.
In other words, “Sorry Adobe, but we’re going to keep making new things you don’t like.“
Jeremy Keith explains some of the problems of perception in the recent XHTML2/HTML5 showdown. If you’ve been confused thus-far, let this be your panacea.
This is giant news for anyone who makes websites. See also: W3C’s FAQ for the situation.