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W3C Launches HTML5 Logo Program

The World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) new logo aims to promote the use of HTML5 amongst web developers. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has launched a new logo for HTML5, the fast emerging Web standard for Web developers. On Jan. 18, the W3C introduced its new logo program for HTML5 to promote the technology and to encourage developers to use it. Despite concern by the W3C itself in recent months that some parts of the specification may not be ready for prime time, the logo program also highlights the portions of the spec that are ready and in use today. According to the W3C’s HTML5 logo page, the logo “stands strong and true, resilient and universal as the markup you write. It shines as bright and as bold as the forward-thinking, dedicated web developers you are. It’s the standard’s standard, a pennant for progress. And it certainly doesn’t use tables for layout.” In addition, of the technology, the W3C logo page said: “HTML5 is the cornerstone of the W3C’s open web platform; a framework designed to support innovation and foster the full potential the web has to offer. Heralding this revolutionary collection of tools and standards, the HTML5 identity system provides the visual vocabulary to clearly classify and communicate our collective efforts.” The site provides an HTML5 logo gallery and other support for developers, as well as place to purchase HTML5 gear such as T-shirts and pajamas. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the goods will go to the development of the W3C HTML5 Test...

At Google, a Boost From E-Commerce

Google’s strong fourth-quarter earnings proved that it is now firmly ensconced in e-commerce, and also showed that, with its Android operating system and related apps, it is smoothly transitioning to the mobile world.

E-commerce sales near 60bn in 2010

UK shoppers helped propel e-commerce revenues to a record £58.8bn last year, according to the latest figures from the IMRG. The retail group’s year-end studies show that UK sales did not disappoint, despite a very cold snap at the end of the year. December saw a seven per cent increase over November, and an impressive 25 per cent increase since the previous year. The £58.8bn figure represented an 18 per cent rise against 2009. The numbers show that the average UK shopper spent £111 online in December, despite delivery issues and fulfilment problems owing to the inclement weather. The IMRG said that the impending VAT increase may also have had an impact on sales. “December saw an incredible jump in online sales as a result of the weather conditions, and it’s reassuring to see that, despite the delivery problems, consumer confidence was not affected,” said IMRG chief executive James Roper. Shoppers flocked online to escape the cold and drove up typically unexciting areas like the clothing market, which saw sales rise by 40 per cent year over year, the strongest in 18 months. This increase helped companies like John Lewis to set several trading records over the Christmas period. “We’ve had an outstanding Christmas and clearance period in 2010, and there’s no doubt that johnlewis.com was a vital part of that success,” said Jonathon Brown, head of online selling at the department store. “Online sales for the five weeks to 1 January 2011 were 42 per cent up on last year, and it was particularly pleasing to have achieved several trading records.” The effect of the VAT increase was...