Last November, as part of the feedback on the W3C HTML WG charter, I wrote an e-mail saying that I thought a realistic timetable would have a first working draft released in October 2007.
We don't really need archived copies with the way the WHATWG works, since everything happens in the open with a Subversion interface and everything, but, I figured that I should "publish" an archived copy anyway, so today I put out a frozen "call for comments" draft:
If anyone was hoping for a semi-stable version to start reviewing the draft, I would say that this is it. We're pretty much feature-complete at this point, which is to say I don't think we'll be adding any major features to HTML5 going forward (though of course minor features like additions to certain APIs are likely to still occur).
There is a public issues list:
...which has about 3700 issues in it. The next order of business is simply to go through all of those issues. I've been tracking the issue count since early October, and at the moment the count is reducing at a rate of about 7 a day, which works out to being about a year and a bit of solid work, which puts us on track to reach Last Call in 2009, as I predicted in the aforementioned e-mail.
I'd like to thank everyone here in the WHATWG community for helping make this work fun and pleasant. It's really nice to be able to work in such a friendly atmosphere. I hope the coming year will continue the same way!
I'd like to thank Ian for his hard work on editing the spec. Keep it up!