osCommerce Online Merchant v2.3.3.4 changelog is a general maintenance release focusing on improving core features and the Database Tables “Convert to UTF-8” action introduced in the earlier release. What does this mean for you?  Well, UTF-8 means Universal Character Set Transformation Format. It does well for non-english shopping carts. It is important if your cart sells internationally and has various currencies and content written in a different language and different character set than english. So what will be in store for future changes to one of the largest open source shopping cart projects in 2014? I checked out http://library.oscommerce.com/Online&en&oscom_3_0&release_notes&v3_0_2  for some answers. Some things were puzzling to me in their bullet points.  “New Admin Applications” with subsets of “Categories, Services, Customers”. I do see a stronger move to HTML5 markup.  The web, as a whole, has made a goal to switch to this new web programming language which promises will be more informative to search engines about exactly what it can expect to find on your various product and article pages. There are more technical changes in the 3.x series relevant to developers . I still did not see any move towards using any sort of microformatting. That technical term defines content beyond HTML5 into various types of content for special markup.