OK, so we’re in discussions with Wiley right now about the next edition of HTML … For Dummies. I’d like to explain what we’re thinking about doing with the next edition of the book, and ask all of you to chime in with your input, ideas, suggestions, and — where necessary — vetoes and objections. Feel free to post comments here, or to e-mail me at etittel at yahoo dot com (you non-robots know what to do with this address) or Jeff at conquestmedia dot com (ditto). All input gratefully accepted, and for those readers who either propose stuff we haven’t thought of, or steer us clear of rocks and shoals we might otherwise have missed, there will be prizes of some kind to come (free copies of the next edition, T-shirts, or perhaps even a steak dinner-sized gift card for somebody who comes up with something especially toothsome). Continue reading
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!