Representatives from Mozilla, Apple and Opera Software have sent a new proposal to the newly established HTML Working Group at W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) suggesting that the work the group is doing developing HTML (HyperText Markup Language) should be based on what we refer to as HTML5.
HTML5 is the global name tag for solutions developed by WHATWG (Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group) in the specifications of Web Apps 1.0 and Web Forms 2.0. The first focusing on how one can create web based applications more easily, while the second describes how browsers should treat web forms.
In the letter, which is signed by people like Brendan Eich (Mozilla Foundation) and Håkon Wium (Opera Software), it is suggested that the future HTML-version from W3C should be named HTML 5.
The 3 companies also promises to give W3C none-exclusive copyright on the HTML 5 specifications if the work group accepts the propositions.
The first answering rounds indicates that a lot of people consider it madness not to base the future work on what’s already been done by WHATWG. While others are more sceptical and wishes for a more thorough revision of the suggested specifications.