An Application Conforming to International Standard ISO 8879 -- Standard
Generalized Markup Language
About of this DocumentThis document
describes the current practice and current proposals for future
standardisation of HTML,
as a basis for review and enhancement.
The document is a draft form of a
standard for interchange of information on the network which is proposed to be
registered as a MIME (RFC1521) content type.
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VersionThis is version 2.0 of this document.
It introduces forms for user input of information.
This feature is known as a level 2 feature of HTML.
All other specified features are known as level 1 features.
Features of higher levels which are under discussion, (such as tables,
and mathematical formulae) where mentioned are described as "proposed".
latest version of this document is currently available in hypertext on the
World-Wide Web as http://www.w3.org/hypertext/WWW/MarkUp/HTML.html
AbstractHyperText Markup Language (HTML) can be used to
The World Wide Web
(W3) initiative links related information throughout the globe.
HTML provides one simple format for providing linked information,
and all W3 compatible programs are required to be capable of handling HTML.
W3 uses an Internet protocol (Hypertext Transfer Protocol, HTTP),
which allows transfer representations to be negotiated between client and
server, the result being returned in an extended MIME message.
HTML is therefore just one, but an important one,
of the representations used with W3.
- Hypertext news, mail, online documentation, and collaborative hypermedia;
- Menus of options;
- Database query results;
- Simple structured documents with inlined graphics.
- Hypertext views of existing bodies of information
HTML is proposed as a MIME content
HTML refers to the URI
Implementations of HTML parsers and generators can be
found in the various W3 servers
and browsers, in the public domain W3 code,
and may also be built using various public domain SGML parsers such as [SGMLS]
HTML documents are SGML documents with fairly generic semantics appropriate for representing information from a wide range of applications.