Chapter Seven: HTML5: The New Hope

HTML5 represents the first significant change to web markup since, well, forever. For one thing, it is the first web markup language crafted by browser makers rather than scientists alone: as discussed in Chapter 4, the “Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group” (WHATWG) (, founded by employees of Apple, Opera, and Mozilla and led by Google’s Ian Hickson, pioneered the spec. They now develop it jointly with the W3C HTML Working Group (, led by software developer Sam Ruby and Microsoft Internet Explorer development lead Chris Wilson. You’d be hard-pressed to find an academic or pure theorist in either group—and you’ll find Mr. Hickson in both groups.

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