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HTML in the Real World

Google has a study of how HTML is really being used out in the wild. They've posted their results, Web Authoring Statistics

December 2005 we did an analysis of a sample of slightly over a billion documents, extracting information about popular class names, elements, attributes, and related metadata. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: it's all in there.
A billion documents sampled, nice!

I think this is a demonstration of Google's expanding interest in grokking the semantics of that are latent in document structures. The results are broken down by

That's pretty good coverage!

I'd love to see how the data changes over time. I suspect parts of the web are becoming more orderly (web 2.0 applications are likely using well formed document structures) while the web as a whole is probably atrophying (the vast installation base of crappy or misconfigured tools are likely the preponderant generators of markup). I'm anticipating a lot of interesting data emerging as the ascendance of microformats continues. Goog, looking forward to follow-up surveys!

( Jan 25 2006, 06:37:29 AM PST ) Permalink