W3C says HTML5 isn’t ready for wide use.

It will be interesting to see if recent statements by the W3C will impact the growing demand for open Web standards. My bet is they won’t.

At face value the comments may seem pretty damning, but they are specifically addressing the HTML5 spec, not the cocktail of standards-based technologies commonly bundled under the HTML5 buzz-word. HTML, JavaScript and CSS and supporting supporting technologies like Web Fonts and SVG are feasible alternatives for many cases where Flash was once the only choice.

The comments do lend support to a strategy of using Flash for richer media whenever possible and falling back to HTML5 video, canvas when Flash support is not available.

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