The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) published today the complete definition of the HTML5 and Canvas 2D specifications. Though not yet W3C standards, these specifications are now feature complete, meaning businesses and developers have a stable target for implementation and planning.
This means that the set of capabilities to be provided is now, essentially, frozen. These definitions are not yet official Web standards, but they now have “Candidate Recommendation” status; the focus of work going forward will be on testing and checking inter-operability. Web developers would, ideally, like to have a set of standards that is implemented equally in all browsers. Having a feature-complete standard means that all the browser makers have a common target to aim for.
During this stage, the W3C HTML Working Group will conduct a variety of activities to ensure that the specifications may be implemented compatibly across browsers, authoring tools, email clients, servers, content management systems, and other Web tools. The group will analyze current HTML5 implementations, establish priorities for test development, and work with the community to develop those tests.
Innovation and creativity on the part of browser makers has helped drive the development of the Web; having standards helps avoid a chaotic mess of incompatible implementations.