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    Question HTML5 and CSS3 - Is there a Web standards divergence?

    At present I am reading the Sitepoint book - HTML5 & CSS3 for the real world:

    In the section

    "Would the real HTML5 spec please stand up"?

    There I read that there is now an additional organization "the Web Hypertext Application Techonology Working Group" WHATWG that serves the living HTML standard, dropping the "5" found at . It is called a "living standard" because it will be in constant development and will no longer be refered to using incremental updates.

    The W3C's version of the standard can be found at :

    So what is the difference between the W3C spec and that of WHATWG? Briefly the WHATWG version is a little more informal and experimental (and, some might argue more forward-thinking).
    WHATWG was formed by a group of people from Apple, Mozilla and Opera.

    Should you be worried that there are two versions of the spec?

    In short, no.
    What is your opinion?
    Last edited by kgun; 11-07-2011 at 04:52 AM.
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