The Failed Promise of HTML5

The W3C announced this week that the HTML5 specification is now an official recommendation. While I was an avid supporter of the HTML5 effort in the early days, seven years ago, you can count me among those that aren’t all that excited by the W3Cs announcement.

In the early days of the web, it was the W3C and the HTML standard that developers worked towards. The mess that was HTML 4 and HTML 4.1, was only abstracted in the early 2000’s by the fact there there was no browser vendor competition.