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The technologies around HTML5 are still under active development and people need a better way to differentiate between the more experimental parts of HTML5 and the parts ready for use in mainstream sites. The recent issue around WebSockets offers an example that developers and consumers will face over support of emerging standards.
Microsoft’s approach to HTLM5 is to provide better choices around standards support. Internet Explorer 9 offers support for real-world web patterns that developers are using today as well as the HTML5 patterns we expect to become more mainstream. Additionally, Microsoft is also offering developers “HTML5 Labs” for more experimental technologies under development.
Today we are creating a sandbox for experimenting with emerging specifications called HTML5 Labs. There are several benefits to the HTML5 Labs:
The HTML5 Labs site is the place where Microsoft prototypes early and unstable web standard specifications from standards bodies such as the W3C. Sharing these prototypes helps us have informed discussions with developer communities, and contributes to a better implementation experience with draft specifications. The HTML5 Labs are managed by the Microsoft Interoperability Strategy Group.
Click these links to learn more:
Prototyping Early W3C HTML5 Specifications