HTML Version Numbers Abolished

The group responsible for maintaining the HTML web standard has decided to abolish the practice of assigning a version number to every build.

The Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG) said in a blog post titled "HTML is the new HTML5" that the web technology will no longer be versioned, but will instead be treated as a "living" document.

“In practice, the WHATWG has basically been operating like this for years, and indeed we were going to change the name last year but ended up deciding to wait a bit since people still used the term "HTML5" a lot,” Ian Hickson, a Google engineer and member of WHATWG, said in a statement.

The group also detailed that all further updates will simply be known as HTML, instead changes to the standard will be denoted on a section-by-section basis.

The move comes after the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) rolled out a new logo for the HTML 5 web standard.