The HTML5 Time Element Is Back and Better Than Ever

The HTML5 time element pulled a disappearing act last year. HTML5 editor Ian Hickson deleted it from the specification, but then the W3C, the group that oversees HTML5, stepped in to override Hickson’s decision, adding time back to HTML5. Now you see it, now you don’t, now you do again.

The W3C didn’t just add time back though; they’ve improved it considerably. While nothing has changed with the human-readable part — that is, anything between

<time> and </time> — the datetime attribute has been imbued with new superpowers. Continue reading