The World Wide Web Consortium Issues HTML 3.2 as a Recommendation

Brings Richer, Stable HTML to Web Developer and User Community

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CAMBRIDGE, MASS., USA -- January 14, 1997 -- Responding to the need for an updated specification for the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) today endorsed the HTML 3.2 specification as a W3C Recommendation. The Recommendation indicates that the specification is stable, contributes toward the W3C mission of 'Realizing the Full Potential of the Web', and most importantly, has been reviewed by all W3C Members, who are in favor of supporting its adoption by the industry.

HTML 3.2 is the W3C's latest Recommendation for HTML. Developed throughout 1996 by W3C together with industry leaders IBM, Microsoft, Netscape Communications, Novell, SoftQuad, Spyglass and Sun Microsystems, HTML 3.2 adds widely deployed features such as tables, applets and text flow around images, superscripts and subscripts while providing backwards compatibility with the existing standard HTML 2.0.

"For data or applications intended to work across platforms, or having a lifetime of more than a few months, conformance to HTML 3.2 gives the best guarantee of interoperability," said Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the World Wide Web and Director of the W3C. "If you're looking for a railroad through the marshes of ranging HTML implementations, HTML 3.2 is it."

W3C is continuing work on extensions to HTML for multimedia objects, scripting, style sheets, layout, forms, higher quality printing and math. W3C plans on incorporating this work in further versions of HTML.

"We are working closely with Member organizations and recognized experts in the development, testing and refinement of HTML", adds Dave Raggett, visiting scientist at W3C and lead architect of W3C's HTML activity. "By providing a neutral forum, W3C is playing a key role in bringing players together to work for the lasting interoperability of the Web."

Please see attached HTML 3.2 fact sheet and testimonials document for additional information on HTML 3.2.

For information on HTML in particular, see

About the World Wide Web Consortium [W3C]

The W3C was created to develop common protocols that enhance the interoperability and promote the evolution of the World Wide Web. It is an industry consortium jointly run by the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science (LCS) in the USA, the National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA) in France and Keio University in Japan. Services provided by the Consortium include: a repository of information about the World Wide Web for developers and users; reference code implementations to embody and promote standards; and various prototype and sample applications to demonstrate use of new technology. To date 156 organizations are Members of the Consortium.

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About the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science

Now in its third decade, MIT LCS is dedicated to the invention, development and understanding of information technologies expected to drive substantial technical and socio-economic change. The LCS has helped information technology grow from a mere curiosity to 10 percent of the industrial world's economies by its pioneering efforts in interactive computing, computer networking, distributed systems and public key cryptography. LCS members and alumni have started some thirty companies and have pioneered the Nubus, the X-Window System, the RSA algorithm, the Ethernet and spreadsheets.

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INRIA, the French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control, is a public-sector scientific institute charged with conducting both fundamental and applied research, and with transferring research results to industry. INRIA is made up of five Research Units located at Rocquencourt (near Paris), Rennes, Sophia Antipolis, Nancy and Grenoble. Areas of current research include information processing, advanced high speed networking, structured documents, and scientific computation.

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About Keio University

Keio University is one of Japan's foremost computer science research centers and universities. It is one of the oldest private universities in Japan, and has five major campuses around Tokyo. Keio University has been promoting joint research projects in cooperation with industry, government and international organizations, and is now becoming one of the research leaders for the network and digital media technology.

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