The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)

“The growing ubiquity of web-enabled devices has led to a mainstream proliferation of terminology that was once limited to the confines of technical journals for web developers and designers. Terms like HTML5, JavaScript, and web standards, for instance, have entered into the average technology user’s lexicon, and many technology debates previously limited to the geek crowd now regularly enter the national news media discussion. Nonetheless, the meaning and importance of these terms is rarely explained, which can often lead to misunderstandings. For example, oftentimes the term HTML5 is used to mean the set of technology and tools beyond the updated HTML5 specification, including JavaScript, CSS3, and related frameworks. Other times, it is simply used to refer to the new — and not yet finalized — HTML standard. The goal of this article is to help you make sense of the buzzwords and truly understand why web standards are important and how they are changing the world of web design and development as we know it. Specifically, I discuss some of the history of these terms as well as the current state of HTML5 and CSS3, and I explore how Adobe is contributing to and creating tools for these standards.”

About the author Brian Rinaldi helps drive content strategy for HTML5 and JavaScript developer content. Brian blogs regularly at and is an unreformed twitter addict @remotesynth.

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