[whatwg] HTML differences from HTML4 document updated
Jukka K. Korpela
jkorpela at cs.tut.fi
Fri May 3 12:17:34 PDT 2013
2013-05-03 21:19, Xaxio Brandish wrote:
> Ah. The document scope  explains why it uses "HTML" in the title as
> opposed to HTML5 or HTML(5).
No, it only says *that* it uses "HTML" to refer to "the W3C HTML5
specification, W3C HTML5.1 specification, and the WHATWG HTML standard".
*Why* it does so is not addressed at all, though the reader might infer
that people just couldn't agree on a name, after WHATWG decided to
abandon the name "HTML5".
"HTML" has been used through the ages to denote a markup language (and
associated definitions) in a broad sense, as opposite to specific
versions. This is still the everyday meaning. And a title of a work
should be understandable without reading some explanation inside it,
saying that some common term has an uncommon meaning.
If you can't agree on a proper name, at least call it something like
"modern HTML". Or, perhaps more realistically, "near-future HTML".
It's not clear to me why the document is needed in the first place. It
would seem to be much more relevant to document in detail the
differences between HTML 5, HTML 5.1, and WHATWG Living HTML than to
write a rather general document about the differences between them (as
if they were a single and stabile specification) and HTML 4.
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