HTML5 gets a logo

I’m pretty stoked about the W3C’s new HTML5 logo. As Ian Jacobs writes, “We intend for it to be an all-purpose banner for HTML5, CSS, SVG, WOFF, and other technologies that constitute an open web platform.”

My friend Jeremy Keith is not a fan, and while I appreciate his perspective and concern about the lack of technical specificity of this effort, I’m not concerned. Quite frankly, the logo is an answer to iOS, a simple, elegant, declarative, and monotheistic statement on how software development should happen in the 21st century.

The open web has always been about pieces loosely joined, and that’s one of the aspects from which it derives its power. Once and a while though, it’s not a bad thing to bring things together and blur the edges of the component parts in order to tell a simpler, more forceful story. Insomuch as this logo and identity helps us bring HTML5 (in all its meanings!) to a broader audience, I’m happy to support this.

Originally published at on January 18, 2011.

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