When the internet, as we know it, was born, it only happened because of the open development of a common language for networks to communicate. When Tim-Berners-Lee developed the first version of hypertext markup language (HTML) and presented it to the world without patents or royalties, he set a standard which the architects of the internet have adhered to until now. HTML has gone through several upgrades since 2004, and with each upgrade came improvements, but more importantly, adaptations to the new ways the web is being used. (sound familiar, Google-users?) The first version dealt mainly with how to interpret and display text and images. Today as we game, video, collaborate, chat, and generally use the internet for much more interactive activities, so HTML has evolved. The latest version is HTML5, and it is all-singing, all-dancing compared to markup languages of the past. HTML5 came about when the World Wide Web Consortium and the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group compromised on their two areas of focus (web forms and applications (WHATWG), and XHTML 2.0 (W3C.) The result is a new standard for HTML which is tailor-made for how Google likes to do things. This is down to the remit the two organisations set up for HTML5: they agreed that the new standard should include:
So, the answer to this question is that it is nearly impossible to say whether Google will influence the development of the internet or vice versa - because the internet’s development is Google's development and vice versa. Everything which the development of HTML5 represents is a direct result of the changes to internet user behaviour which Google has both inspired and enabled. Equally, every development in user behaviour is both influenced and listened to by Google, and will be represented in each subsequent revision of Chrome.
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