In the past few weeks I’ve noticed lots more signs that HTML5 is starting to gather more wind in its sails. And although the HTML5 specification has advanced to the Last Call stage (on 4/23/2012) the point where things are mostly settled, but still subject to a more rounds of input and suggestions, there will be a second Last Call soon (and possibly more, depending on what kinds of issues come up in need of discussion and resolution).
Only then will the specifications advance to the Recommendation track. And that itself can take two years, sometimes longer, to complete. Nevertheless, things are getting closer and I’m happy to observe that the W3C’s original guesstimates that HTML5 might not be “done” until 2020 or later now seem to have been overly pessimistic. Thank goodness!