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XHTML 2 Language Dumped in Favor of HTML 5

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The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) will no longer develop XHTML 2, an XML-based version of HTML that would have provided capabilities for mobile systems and internationalization. Instead, the W3C will focus on HTML 5, the specification for Web application development that offers capabilities such as multimedia for browser-based applications.

HTML 5 offers bigger markets and could be a strong rival to existing browser plug-in technologies such as Adobe Flash. "HTML 5 is the language of Web pages," says W3C's Ian Jacobs. With its increased resources, the HTML working group will offer an XML formulation of HTML 5. Community confirmation of its existing work could be sought as part of a "last call" phase with HTML 5 later this year, and could lead to a candidate recommendation phase and development of a test suite.

"What the [HTML] group has said is they expect the process of getting implementations [of the specification] to work together is going to be a long process," Jacobs says.

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