HTML5 Super Friends Assemble!

January 18, 2011

Today the W3C unveiled its new logo for HTML5. As you might notice, it’s quite fancy.

The site’s pretty slick, as well.

Today’s comic relates to this new logo, in a roundabout way, featuring Jeremy Keith, Bruce Lawson (or perhaps it’s Super Bruce) and Remy Sharp (Or is it SuperHTML5Rem?) in their guises as HTML5 Super Friends, attempting to save the web from itself. It also refers to a slippery terminology slope.

The FAQ page for the new logo (yes, it gets its own FAQ) includes a little mention about what the logo represents. Which is obvious: HTML5, right? Well, apparently HTML5 doesn’t stand for Hyper Text Markup Language anymore. But apparently its all for “a broad set of open web technologies, including HTML5, CSS, SVG, WOFF, and others.

Say what? I’m with Jeremy and Bruce on this one. The logo is pretty, but the intentional use of HTML5 as a blanket term for other modern web technologies is a crock. Newspapers making merry with the term is one thing, but a web standards organization? We rely on these groups to keep our handy developer toys in nice, cleanly demarcated buckets so that we can easily educate ourselves and the next generation of developers on what toy is used for what job and how.

I could rant on this for hours. But I recommend reading at minimum Jeremy’s bit on the topic. He manages to be far more eloquent with his words and has earned his place as a bit of an authority on the topic. So maybe you’ll value his two cents more highly. All I know is that when I used to say “HTML5″ people knew what I meant. At least in my own community of website creators. But now it’s as meaningless as “doohicky.” As in, “Are you talking about the doohicky that I style pages with or the doohicky that I make the structure with?”

TL;DR Version: Love the logo, hate the term-squishing.

As a parting shot, I object to Karl Dubost’s characterization of term-blurring opponents’ commentary as “vapid“. I’m sure Jeremy Keith is capable of a lot of things when writing, but even if you disagree with his viewpoint on the topic, his well reasoned rhetoric doesn’t merit such a label. Shame on you, Karl.

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4 Responses to “HTML5 Super Friends Assemble!”

  1. yeah I gotta agree… the logo’s nice… but the umbrella mentality has gotta go…
    wait… umbrella…
    umbrella corp!?!
    zombie web!!

  2. You say, ‘apparently HTML5 doesn’t stand for Hyper Text Markup Language anymore. But apparently its all for “a broad set of open web technologies, including HTML5, CSS, SVG, WOFF, and others.”’.

    But what the FAQ says (as of when I checked it on Jan 19) is, ‘The logo is a general-purpose visual identity for a broad set of open web technologies, including HTML5, CSS, SVG, WOFF, and others.’ That is, the logo is an umbrella. The term ‘HTML5′ is not, at least according to the logo’s FAQ.

    To me, it seems eminently reasonable to have a logo be an umbrella for the set of web technologies, if they are all likely to be used together. For many consumers of content, the umbrella usage will be more convenient. If it encourages implementers to implement all the technologies under the umbrella, that will probably be good for interoperability.

    Did the FAQ wording change from when you read it, perhaps?

  3. I think the same, HTML5 isn’t CSS nor SVG. But I also think that W3C should spread this standarts; also to “normal” people that don’t know every specific specification.

  4. Sure, the FAQ says that “The logo is a general-purpose visual identity for a broad set of open web technologies, including HTML5, CSS, SVG, WOFF, and others.” The logo however has the word “HTML” and the number “5″ in it. So I think people will be forgiven if they assume that the W3C is trying to say the CSS is part of HTML5.

    Nonsense.