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This week, the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group announced that the HTML specification will be called simply “HTML” rather than “HTML5” or “HTML4.”

This means that specific snapshots of the HTML specification will no longer coincide with a new name, “the specification is now a living document,” WHATWG’s Ian Hickson said.

In practical terms, this changes nothing.

“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.” Hickson concluded, “However, the term is now basically being used to mean anything Web-standards-related, so it’s time to move on!”

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