I’ve started reading the latest on about HTML5.  It’s currently marked as a ‘Working Draft’.  I have to say, in places it had me laughing.  w3’s documents were known for their technically correctness, never their humor.  The document on however has the odd quip.  For example in the introduction section of the HTML5 spec look up 1.8.1.  I’ll quote it here in case they change it sometime soon.

“1.8.1 How to read this specification

This specification should be read like all other specifications. First, it should be read cover-to-cover, multiple times. Then, it should be read backwards at least once. Then it should be read by picking random sections from the contents list and following all the cross-references.”

Now that’s funny.  It seems to me the person filling out the template thought a section on how to read was pretty silly, and responded the same.  Well, whoever you are, thanks for the laugh!

Note: the same text is available on’s website here: “A quick introduction to html”
only on this document the section is 1.7.1

  1. #1 by Ian Hickson on November 9, 2010 - 4:10 am

    Glad someone finds it funny. 🙂 A lot of the examples are in-jokes or subtle (or sometimes not subtle) references to popular culture, too.

    • #2 by Anthony on November 9, 2010 - 2:47 pm

      It’s great Ian, should I assume you wrote it? I see on your profile you’re “currently editing the HTML5 specification”.

      By the way, I totally blame you for my new addiction 🙂 Little Green Guys With Guns is pretty fun!

      • #3 by Ian Hickson on November 9, 2010 - 3:36 pm

        Yeah, I wrote most of the text of the spec (based on lots of input from other people, obviously).

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