HTML5 Gets a Logo

The W3C has put up a microsite with the new logo for HTML5. It looks pretty good, certainly better than its predecessors, even if it does have a bit of the “Web 2.0″ look that is finally starting to lose its novelty. I like that they kept the gradients to a minimum, which is starting to become more common in the aftermath of the glossy “Web 2.0″ style.

You can pick up SVG and PNG versions of the icon there, as well as T-Shirts featuring the logo…and free stickers if you live in the U.S. and have some spare postage stamps laying around.

Webmonkey brings up an interesting, and troubling, point about the HTML5 Logo site. The FAQ calls the logo a “general-purpose visual identity for a broad set of open web technologies, including HTML5, CSS, SVG, WOFF, and others.”

It doesn’t really matter if the New York Times thinks CSS 3 or SVG are HTML5, but we’d like to think that at least the organization in charge of describing what is, and is not, HTML5 would make some effort to distinguish between tools. Lumping everything together is as silly as a carpenter referring to every tool in their toolkit as “a hammer.”

That doesn’t sound very good to me. Is “HTML5″ becoming the new buzzword to replace “Web 2.0,” and sanctioned by its own standards body?

Update: And now it sounds like the HTML spec is no longer going to have specific version numbers