This, my fellow readers, is the new logo for HTML5. And you may be thinking, what the hell? Why does this have a logo? Well, its to make it easier to identify HTML5 websites – rather than looking up the code – and also does a good job of promoting the new technologies behind the new standard.
“It stands strong and true, resilient and universal as the markup you write. It shines as bright and as bold as the forward-thinking, dedicated web developers you are. It’s the standard’s standard, a pennant for progress. And it certainly doesn’t use tables for layout,” according to the site, released by W3C.
The new logo comes with little glyphs for the new technologies. Offline and Storage; Audio and Video (Multimedia); Device Access; 3D, Graphics and Effects; and Performance and Integration all get little logos – in addition with CSS3 and HTML5 semantics (such as <header>).
The new glyphs are designed to help sites promote what technologies they are using, rather than having a blanket badge, as many sites have not adopted all of the new coding specifications.
However, this is not the official logo. According to its FAQ, the W3C has not committed itself to make this the logo for the web standard. The logo has been designed to help garner support for HTML5, despite the fact that it has not been finalised yet. “If, as W3C hopes, the community embraces the logo, W3C will adopt it as its own official logo for HTML5 in the first quarter of 2011,” the FAQ notes.
As well, nor it will indicate if the page or website is valid – where the code meets up with the standards set out under HTML5 (like correct uses of elements).