Ian Hickson on HTML5 vs HTML

We recently reported on the WHATWG and W3C's relationship change, with spec editor Ian Hickson confirming he'd subsequently only edit the WHATWG spec. Those in the industry have been split on the decision and what it means for designers, developers, browser vendors and potential spec forks and fragmentation. Opera web evangelist Bruce Lawson argued that it "won't matter as this is what's been happening anyway", but author and web developer Shelley Powers was concerned. "It used to be HTML was a foundation on which we can build. Now, it's quicksand," she said.

We spoke to Hickson (IH) to get his take on the HTML5 'split' and to find out his opinion regarding potential fragmentation problems.

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