[whatwg] Tim BL's HTML WG announcement and WHAT WG

Henri Sivonen hsivonen at iki.fi
Sat Oct 28 02:21:15 PDT 2006

I found out about
through Lachlan Hunt's post to www-html.

I notice that the announcement doesn't say anything about the  
relationship of the new HTML WG to the WHAT WG. It mentions WHAT WG,  
but it doesn't mention Web Applications 1.0 or HTML5 at all. In  
political announcements, the omissions are interesting. Moreover, it  
says "The plan is, informed by Webforms, to extend HTML forms." as  
opposed to "adopt WebForms 2.0" or something like that.

Will the new HTML WG work on something other than what the WHAT WG  
has been working on being merely inspired by the work of the WHAT WG?  
That is, will the new HTML WG produce something that is not HTML5 but  
competes with it?

Or will the WHAT WG activities continue with an endorsement from the  

Who is going to chair the new HTML WG and who is going to be the spec  
editor? Does the W3C now accept that HTML is not in practice an  
application of SGML? Does the W3C now subscribe to the view that the  
engines that matter the most are Gecko, Presto, Trident and WebKit  
and if they interoperate, their common behavior is what gets specified?

Henri Sivonen
hsivonen at iki.fi

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