HTML 5.2 defines the 5th major version, and second minor revision of the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), with the latest version of the core web specification getting improvements in security and accessibility functions.
The new upgrade released by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), offers new capabilities and bug fixes, and removes technologies that's no longer considered part of the modern web standard.
Other changes in HTML 5.2 includes:
- API for merchants to use one or more payment methods with minimal integration. While the browser can act as an intermediary between parties in a transaction (the payee, the payer, and the payment method provider).
- Accessibility to rich internet applications, which enable people with disabilities to have a better user experience with applications. And framework provided to improve accessibility and interoperability.
- New security-relevant policy by which developers can lock down applications to reduce risks of content injection vulnerabilities such as cross-site scripting.
The specification, referred to by W3C as a recommendation, offers an updated, stable guide to HTML and new features will continue to be introduced to help Web application authors, and new elements based on research into prevailing authoring practices, and special attention will be given to defining clear conformance criteria for user agents in an effort to improve interoperability.
W3C invites all interested parties to provide implementation and bug reports through the Working Group's Issue tracker. As these will generally be considered in the development of the next on the agenda, HTML5.3, which will be due in roughly a year.