The World Wide Web Consortium Issues HTML 3.2 as a Recommendation


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"This W3C Recommendation provides a stable core of HTML functionality that web site developers can count on. Using HTML 3.2, developers can create web sites that are accessible to the broadest possible audience, better enabling their web sites to conduct electronic business."
-- John Patrick, Vice President, Internet Technology, IBM Corporation

"Grif's Symposia Pro, 'the first' web publishing solution to fully support HTML 3.2, demonstrates Grif's commitment to develop global solutions for web page creation. HTML 3.2 was developed with a team of companies conducting business in North America, Europe and Asia. This ensures that the resulting solution will be supported worldwide, reflecting the global nature of World Wide Web technology."
-- Bertrand Mélèse, President, Grif S.A.

"We are proud of our ongoing role in the development of standards for interoperability on the World Wide Web and corporate intranets. The HTML 3.2 specification enables increasingly richer structured information markup. SoftQuad remains a leader in providing products that utilize Web standards such as HTML 3.2. SoftQuad HoTMetaL PRO 3.0 has provided full HTML 3.2 conformance and validation since shipping in May 1996. SoftQuad HoTMetaL intranet Publisher (H.i.P.) takes advantage of several new features in HTML 3.2 to allow users to create their own extensions, develop live tables of contents, and create personal views of information. By using the structure that is inherent in HTML 3.2, H.i.P. users can develop documents that meet the needs of their organization and their users."
-- Murray Maloney, Technical Director, SoftQuad Inc.

"The entire worldwide Web community benefits when the W3C leads the way towards industry standards for HTML. Microsoft is proud to work with the W3C HTML Editorial Review Board to define HTML 3.2 and future HTML specifications. Working together with the Consortium's technical staff and experts from other companies will help us all avoid arbitrary extensions to HTML, the foundation of the Web. Microsoft has implemented this specification as it has evolved, culminating in full support for HTML 3.2 in Internet Explorer 3.01. Moving forward, Microsoft is fully committed to supporting W3C's Recommendations in Internet Explorer 4.0 and our entire product line."
-- John Ludwig, Vice President of Internet Client and Collaboration Tools, Microsoft

"By endorsing HTML 3.2 as a W3C Recommendation, the members of the World Wide Web Consortium are recognizing the importance of supporting a standards-track process for HTML. Having an independent standard for HTML is critical for all of us who create content of the World Wide Web. It helps protect and promote the work that people are distributing via the Web. The W3C Recommendation of this standard demonstrates that there is a process in place to approve evolutionary change for this basic data format."
-- Dale Dougherty, President and CEO, Songline Studios, An Affiliate of O'Reilly & Associates

"As a designer and user, I am optimistic about the precedent for industry-wide consensus set by W3C's HTML 3.2 Recommendation. Having worked with the Editorial Review Board for over a year, I am confident W3C will help the web 'cross the chasm' to become a true mass medium. With the range of new devices coming online, standards will become increasingly important. I support the industry-wide adoption of HTML 3.2 and other W3C-led technology like Cascading Style Sheets Level 1 (CSS1). When browser manufacturers cooperate, we all benefit."
-- David Siegel, President, Studio Verso

"Apple strongly supports Internet standards and is a participant in W3C for that reason. We believe that adoption of standards by bodies such as W3C provides an orderly process for bringing new technologies to the Internet in a true multi-platform manner. We've anticipated the adoption of HTML 3.2 by supporting most of its features in a coming release of Cyberdog, our component-based Internet suite."
-- Larry Tesler, Vice President of AppleNet and Chief Scientist, Apple Computer, Inc.

"Eastman Kodak Company is pleased to work with the W3C and its Member companies collaborating on the evolving HTML specifications. Specifications like this are the foundation that holds the World Wide Web together and allows for its evolution. Kodak plans to conform to this HTML 3.2 specification in the products that we build and the services that we deliver."
-- Ron Jamerson, Architecture Manager, Internet Marketing, Eastman Kodak Company

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