Developers, browser vendors and the press have been talking about HTML5 for many years. In reality, however, HTML5 has been flux for a long time. But just yesterdays W3C Declares HTML5 Standard Complete as W3C today published its Recommendation of HTML5 — the final version of the standard after years of adding features and making changes to it. Although many of the HTML5 features standardized today were sketched out several years ago, it took a lot of hard work to get the details right (the Working Group has resolved more than 4,000 errors, ambiguities, and controversies).
HTML 5.0 now serves as the cornerstone of the W3C Open Web Platform. As a user, you won’t notice any changes and your up-to-date browser already supports most HTML5 features. HTML5 brings to the Web video and audio tracks without needing plugins; programmatic access to a resolution-dependent bitmap canvas, which is useful for rendering graphs, game graphics, or other visual images on the fly; native support for scalable vector graphics (SVG) and math (MathML); annotations important for East Asian typography (Ruby); features to enable accessibility of rich applications; and much more. Software implementers benefit from Royalty-Free licensing commitments from over sixty companies under W3C’s Patent Policy.
Next version of HTML will be HTML5.1 expected to be ready in 2016.