There are several recent developments worth noting related to HTML5.
HTML5 Specification Slated for Recommendation Status in 2014
I will be presenting A First Look at HTML5 at RMOUG Training Days 2011 tomorrow and I believe that many of those in attendance will naturally want to know the state of HTML5 today. With that in mind, the W3C announcement of HTML5's planned completion date is timely (the announcement, not the completion date). As reported in SD Times on the Web, JavaWorld/Network World/ComputerWorld/InfoWorld, The Register, and CNet, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has announced plans to extend the HTML Working Group's charter, plans to meet the expectation of the HTML5 specification reaching Last Call status in May of this year, and new plans to progress the HTML5 specification to Recommendation status by 2014. Although 2014 may sound like a long way off, it's better than 2022.
Internet Explorer 9 RC Supports Geolocation API
Other big news in the world of HTML is related to something I will be discussing in tomorrow's presentation: the Geolocation API. Andy Pemberton and Matt Mehalso write that the latest beta release of Internet Explorer (IE9 RC) supports the Geolocation API in IE9 Geolocation in February Release Candidate. As I wrote in my post HTML5 Geolocation API: Your Browser Knows Where You Are, Internet Explorer 8 does NOT support the Geolocation API (though Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer can be used to provide this in IE8). See http://www.beautyoftheweb.com/ for more examples of HTML5 in IE9 RC or http://windows.microsoft.com/ie9 to download it.
W3C's Select Priorities and Milestones of 2011
The W3C has also posted W3C 2011: Select Priorities and Milestones, which does exactly what the title suggests: lists and describes specific priorities and milestones for the W3C in 2011, including focus on powerful web applications (with mention of Last Call for HTML5 in May 2011 and more work on HTML5 logo), web on television and mobile devices, and a web universally available to all.
Adobe Contributes to JQuery Mobile/HTML5
Cade Metz writes in The Register's Adobe open source code backs – gasp! – HTML5 that "Adobe is contributing to the open source jQuery Mobile" to "help create mobile components and to help create the capacity to develop more interactive and more engaging animation experiences." The article goes on to outlines other areas in which Adobe has contributed to various web browsers and HTML5 authoring tools.
Much is happening currently related to HTML5. The recent announcement of a planned delivery of a Recommendation for HTML5 coincides with announcements of browsers' continued enhanced support for HTML5. While all of this progress in HTML5 makes the timing of my presentation on HTML5 more current and cutting edge, it adds to the already difficult challenge I am facing of covering features of HTML5 along with the many political and process developments associated with HTML5 all in 30 minutes.