Dev rallies against HTML5 confusion

Senior usability engineer at Algonquin Studios Adrian Roselli has, in a blog post, rallied against continued usage of HTML5 as a global means of talking about modern web standards, arguing it's beginning to confuse people within the industry, including educators and tech writers: "When I talk to another developer about a feature, I want to know that when one of us says 'HTML5' we are both talking about that particular specification. When we use terms like 'WOFF' or 'WebGL' I have comfort knowing the developer has a particular set of technical standards in mind, but when one of us says 'HTML5' we each have to pause to consider what related specification the other might actually mean."

Roselli's comments were motivated by the recently unveiled HTML5Please website adding and then later removing a short disclaimer, noting that it "discusses features beyond the HTML5 specification, coming from CSS, SVG and the greater Open Web Platform umbrella". The justification for doing so, according to a bug/issue report, was that "HTML5 represents an umbrella term for all new technologies (as is inferred from". Roselli admits the ship has sailed when trying to communicate the fact HTML5 is a specification in and of itself, but he thinks development websites siding with this do "a disservice to not remind [visitors] that HTML5 means a very particular specification".

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