There has been a good deal of talk in development circles about the future of HTML, especially as it concerns HTML5. Several new elements are being added to the HTML standard that seem advantageous to many developers. Some new elements like nav, header, footer, and figure, are semantically advantageous. Other elements will add certain capabilities to HTML5 compliant browsers. For example, the audio and video elements will allow audio and video files to be directly embedded in the same way that images currently are. HTML5 compliant browsers will be expected to provide some support for embedded video and audio without relying on third party plugins. For example, both Firefox 3.5 and Chrome 3 already provide built in support for open video and audio created with Vorbis and Theora (ie. .ogv, oga).
I was curious to know if DSpace developers have given any discussion to DSpace and these new developments in HTML5. Will near-future versions of DSpace and DSpace themes support these new element tags? With open video and audio formats be added to the default metadata registry at any time in the near future?
Jason Fowler, CA, MSLS
Archives and Special Collections Librarian
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Vice President, ALABI