This is a pretty nerdy topic, I know. But it’s worth talking about because it could change the web dramatically in the future.
As you might know, HTML is pretty much the base for the web as we know it. The markup language was developed by Tim Berners-Lee itself and since then was managed by an organization called World Wide Web Consortium, or W3C.
The W3C quickly became a massive consortium with many members, all of them having an opinion on how to further develop the HTML standard and thereby drive the direction in which the internet is going. As you can imagine, with so many different stakeholders it’s quite a slow process to find a consensus. Browser companies like Mozilla and Google wanted to push the possibilities of the web much faster and started to enable features that weren’t fully approved by the W3C.
In 2018, it escalated.
The two organizations had an official fallout in April 2018, when all WHATWG members – Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla – vehemently and unequivocally opposed the W3C’s plans for approving version 4.1 of the DOM standard.
A year later, WHATWG is now officially in control of the HTML standard, with they W3C only being in a recommendation role.
So, why is this so important? Well, browser vendors work at a higher pace, releasing new versions of their software every few weeks. This same attitude will probably impact the HTML standard as well, leading to quicker releases. Many changes are coming in a much shorter timeline that we’re used to. Exciting times for the web.