HTML5 logo unveiled by the World Wide Web Consortium, with help from Microsoft

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The World Wide Web Consortium -- also known as the W3C -- released its logo for HTML5 on Tuesday, with the help of Microsoft.

The World Wide Web Consortium is a collaboration of sorts in which corporations including Apple, Google, Microsoft and Opera and nonprofits such as Mozilla contribute to international Internet standards. In all, the W3C has 322 member organizations.


The W3C’s HTML5 logo, the group hopes, will be placed on websites built using HTML5, the programming language and technologies that are still in development but becoming an increasingly popular standard for the Web.

The logo, an angular orange shield, was designed by the W3C with input from Microsoft. And Microsoft is already helping to promote the logo’s use.

Jean Paoli, Microsoft’s general manager of interoperability, wrote in a blog post that ‘the logo links back to W3C, the place for authoritative information on HTML5, including specs and test cases. It’s time to tell the world that HTML5 is ready to be adopted.’

The logo can be downloaded and used or tweaked by anyone as he or she sees fit, under a Creative Commons license.

The W3C is giving away HTML5 logo stickers and selling logo t-shirts that read, ‘I’ve seen the future. It’s in my browser.’

‘It stands strong and true, resilient and universal as the markup you write,’ the W3C wrote in introducing the logo. ‘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.’



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Images: HTML5 logo and HTML5 logo T-shirts. Credit: World Wide Web Consortium