HTML5 and Canvas 2D definitions ready

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has published the complete definition of the HTML5 and Canvas 2D specifications. These aren't yet W3C standards, but are now considered feature-complete and a stable target for implementation and planning. In a press release, the organisation called HTML5 the "cornerstone of the Open Web Platform" and noted its reach across devices and disciplines. CEO Jeff Jaffe remarked that the "broader the reach of web technology, the more our stakeholders demand a stable standard", and said that, as of now, "businesses know what they can rely on for HTML5 in the coming years" and developers "will know what skills to cultivate" to reach a range of platforms.

The W3C also announced the first draft of HTML 5.1 and Canvas 2D, Level 2, which it called "an early view of the next round of standardization". The dual aims are now to continue developing HTML 5.1 while ensuring HTML5 implementation and compatibility is as painless as possible across all platforms. It expects this phase to last into mid-2014, at which point the final HTML5 Recommendation will be published.

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