I wrote a little earlier about what I was looking forward to in HTML 5. I haven’t had a chance to really collect my thoughts about XHTML 2 vs HTML 5, to be honest I’d be happy to see progress on both fronts. I do have to say I lost interest in XHTML 2 early on when it seemed they were throwing some baby out with the bathwater. HTML is not the cleanest, most elegant language but the ease of picking it up is part of why the web grew so quickly. Even if that has forced browsers to cope with millions of pages of clunky, broken HTML.
By the way Eric is a fellow member of the Cleveland Web Standards Association and a great speaker. If you get a chance to see a talk by him you should really check it out.