LearnWhat’s New in HTML6

Even though everyone is getting around to supporting all of the standards being set forth in the HTML5 specification, the WHATWG has been hard at work with HTML6. If you haven’t been keeping up with the forums, IRC channel, and meetings, this post will fill you in on what’s been happening and what you should start to expect out of HTML6.

Sponsored Tags

Probably the biggest item to come out of the recent meetings is the new standard of sponsored tags. Even though the WHATWG was founded by individuals from Apple, the Mozilla Foundation, and Opera, they’re rapidly approaching a budget shortage. Primarily for this reason, sponsored tags are being introduced in to the next version of the HTML6 specification.

A company or individual may purchase a sponsored tag up until the close of the HTML6 spec process. The deadline for submissions is April 2nd, 2013. There are a couple of different options for sponsorship, however, the common theme is that a company or individual may pay to have their brand become a tag or attribute. In order to maintain openness and allow everyone to get involved, different sponsorship tiers are available.

Tier 1: Tin

The tin tier is the most frugal option for brands wishing to get their information in to the HTML6 specification. The tin tier allows you to purchase an attribute on an existing tag. Tags that are not as popular will cost less than tags that are used more often. For example, GoDaddy could purchase the abbr tag and, by default, browsers would implement the color of GoDaddy’s choice as the default color of an abbreviation. Additionally, in the case of the abbreviation tag, a small (Sponsored by GoDaddy) block of text will be appended to any abbreviation. Web page authors can optionally add the amount of enthusiasm they have for the brand by specifying a number. The code would go from this:

<abbr title="Team Treehouse!">Treehouse!<abbr>

To this:

<abbr title="Team Treehouse!" godaddy="1">Treehouse!<abbr>

The implemented code would look something like this:


The tin tier starts at $250,000 USD.

The UPS Tag (example)

This specifies a 425 x 90 block of html code, it’s similar to section. The background is always brown and the foreground always white. CSS overrides are not permitted, and it is always floated right. Text inside that overflows will be hidden and can’t be shown.

Tier 2: Aluminum

This gets you a full tag written in to the specification. Sponsors at this level are allowed to define the width, height, and overflow of the content.

The aluminum tag starts at $1,500,000 USD.

Tier 3: Diamond

The diamond tier displays a full, non-skippable splash screen before each page load. The default display time is 1 second but you may upgrade the display time and have it be extended in 1 second increments. Each second costs an additional $2,500,000 USD and 50,000 reddit karma points. None of the Reddit karma points may be from re-posts, posts in any of the default sub-reddits, or cat pictures.

Pricing of the Diamond tag starts at $20,000,000 USD and requires purchase from each browser vendor.

The Future of HTML

That’s what’s in store for the future of HTML. What do you think? Will you or your company be buying a sponsored tag? Let us know in the comments!

27 Responses to “What’s New in HTML6”

  1. Aidan F on June 28, 2013 at 8:56 pm said:

    Big corporations dominating the spec dev process was one thing. Now they want to “own” tags and even entire pages, all in the name of “openness”?! …oh right, April Fools.

  2. rtainc on June 24, 2013 at 1:32 pm said:

    Saw it on Google as posted “April 1, 2012” so I just had to read it.

  3. Davi Sáránszky Mesquita on May 23, 2013 at 10:35 am said:


  4. shit HTML6. i am still learning html4

  5. non exempt employee on April 27, 2012 at 7:29 am said:

    I am trying to learn HTML5 and you are saying about HTML6.


  6. KreativTheme on April 25, 2012 at 4:17 am said:

    took me a hwile before I realized this is an april fool … 
    nice one …  :)) 

  7. Niall Madhoo on April 24, 2012 at 9:49 pm said:

    Lol, another GoDaddy hater.

  8. What a bunch of Divs for falling for it

  9. Franco Averta on April 12, 2012 at 5:08 pm said:

    I felt for it, 10 days later…

  10. Manjari Shukla on April 9, 2012 at 6:45 am said:

    I saw your post and I found it is interesting.thank you for sharing!!!!!

  11. HP Coupon Code on April 3, 2012 at 4:59 am said:

    There IS room for women in heaven, to do whatever she wants. The
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  12. Ana Dsouza on April 3, 2012 at 3:45 am said:

    Yea Really? It was NOT AT ALL FUNNY, please keep the credibility of Think Vitamin at-least, while posting poor jokes like this.

  13. Anonymous Coward on April 2, 2012 at 3:53 pm said:

    inda weak–one thing I love about Carsonified/Team Treehouse is their originality, but this seems like a poor attempt to be like Google 🙁

  14. Anonymous on April 2, 2012 at 1:23 pm said:

    Not everyone is a comedian…

  15. American Musical Supply on April 2, 2012 at 6:08 am said:

    After university I’d win the lottery or something, buy a bus and travel
    the world in it. Eventually I’d meet someone on my travels and fall in

  16. Shawn C on April 2, 2012 at 1:36 am said:

    Funny funny,  I’ll hitup the sponsor tag soon as I can afford to purchase a logo 😛

  17. Pedro Medeiros on April 1, 2012 at 9:59 pm said:

    I Hate you!!! almost fell into it! damn april’s fool

  18. Oğuz Çelikdemir on April 1, 2012 at 9:54 pm said:

    Is that real? Aren’t we override default tag or attribute by css? Holly shit!

  19. Joe Zielinski on April 1, 2012 at 8:35 pm said:

    Damn I was hoping for scalable Logo tags that would operate like H* tags. That way we could easily make logos bigger by changing out the tags.

    • Matthew Potter on April 1, 2012 at 8:38 pm said:

      Try a positioned SVG inside your H1 tag along with a text-indent of -9999px.

  20. I almost puked

  21. Crap

  22. Matthew Potter on April 1, 2012 at 5:36 pm said:

    Ah fish day… how you get me sometimes… If it weren’t for the last 2 tiers, you would have had me. Also, “Sponsored Tags” paragraph 2 should read HTML6 not HTMl6

  23. Mcgiwer on April 1, 2012 at 5:26 pm said:

    poor joke

  24. April fools’ day is so annoying

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