HTML 5 update

I’d provide another update on my HTML5 change proposals, but no co-chair decision has yet been published. There was a note in the last HTML WG teleconference minutes that decisions on three of the items, including two of mine, were ready to be published last Thursday, but nothing has appeared in the HTML WG email list.

As soon as the co-chairs publish the results for all six of my change proposals, I’ll post a note.

Regardless of decision, there is an indication, albeit on IRC, which makes it somewhat unreliable, that the browser companies will add the elements, whether they’re part of the HTML5 specification or not.


The HTML WG chairs have written up two decisions. I wasn’t expecting either to succeed, but was extremely disappointed in the weakness of the decision, and the fact that neither decision addressed anything that I brought up in either of my change proposals—the chairs focused purely on the objections to the proposal and counter-proposals, not to the proposals, themselves. (The author of the counter-proposals also noted that neither the proposal nor counter-proposal arguments were addressed in the decisions.)

You can read all the material yourselves, see what you think.

Removing the figure element:

Removing the aside element:

If you’re thinking that the chair decision regarding both change proposals are exactly the same, you’re correct. Sam Ruby duplicated the decision for both items, even though the change proposals were about two different elements.

That, and the fact that the decisions did not once address the concerns I raised, does open the door to formal objections. However, I have lost faith in the W3C. The organization has abrogated its responsibilities to all web communities, including web authors and developers. It is no longer the W3C of the 1990s.

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