The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) says that HTML5, which has gained the support of Microsoft, Apple, and Google, is still not ready for deployment to websites. "The problem we're facing right now is there is already a lot of excitement for HTML5, but it's a little too early to deploy it because we're running into interoperability issues," including differences between video on devices, says W3C's Philippe Le Hegaret. Companies can now deploy HTML5 in their applications or in intranets, where a rendering engine can be controlled, but it is not feasible on the open Web right now, Le Hegaret says.
When finished, HTML5 will support a variety of modern Web applications, and Le Hegaret notes it is now being viewed as a "game changer." "What's happening is the industry is realizing that HTML5 is going to be real," he says.
However, Le Hegaret says W3C still plans to make some API changes, and notes that HTML5 also does not yet work across all browsers. "We basically want to be feature-complete by mid-2011," he says.
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