The World Wide Web Consortium Issues HTML 4.0 as a W3C Recommendation


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Access Co., Ltd. · Adobe Systems · Alis Technologies · Bitstream Inc. · Digital Equipment Corporation · Direct Marketing Association · Electricite de France · Eprise · Ericsson · Fujitsu Limited · Hewlett Packard · Intermind Corporation · JavaSoft · Los Alamos National Laboratory · Lotus Development Corporation · Microsoft · Muzmo Communication · Netscape Communications · Novell · SoftQuad · Studio Verso · UK Office for Library and Information Networking · University of Zurich · ZDNet AnchorDesk

"NetFront will support HTML 4.0 for consumer information appliances such as TVs, STBs, word processors, home game machines, PDAs, smart phones, car navigation systems, display terminals, and etc. Actually more than 30 products are using NetFront browser in non-PC market. We are focusing on the lite implementation of HTML latest specification for memory-severe devices. We will also propose new HTML extensions suitable for a variety of Internet-enabling consumer devices."
-- Dr. Tomihisa Kamada, Executive Vice-President of R&D, Access Co., Ltd.

"HTML 4.0 has extended forms to benefit all users, especially people with disabilities. We are looking forward to people using style sheets rather than relying on tables for layout effects as these have made the Web a no-go area for people using speech-based browsers."
-- T.V. Raman, Senior Computer Scientist, Adobe Systems

"The W3C has done a very good job of integrating the Internet Proposed Standard on Internationalization of HTML (RFC 2070) into HTML 4.0, thus leveraging the full power of Unicode and providing a sound specification of HTML that enables authoring and browsing in almost all languages of the world. In agreement with Alis Technologies' mission and expertise, the Consortium certainly lives up to the first two Ws of the World Wide Web, and fortifies the qualification of HTML as its lingua franca."
-- François Yergeau, Senior Technology Advisor at Alis Technologies Inc.; Editor and co-Author of RFC 2070

"Bitstream is extremely pleased to support the World Wide Web Consortium's Recommendation of HTML 4.0 and their efforts to develop an industry-wide standard for Web publishing. As a leader in font technology, Bitstream is committed to work with the W3C and with our TrueDoc technology licensees on resolving issues pertaining to fonts and the transportation of text across various platforms."
-- Jim Welch, Director of Emerging Technologies, Bitstream Inc.

"As one of the core technologies of the Web, HTML is central to the future growth of Internet computing. Digital customers will benefit from a single common, version of HTML that includes all of the features users demand. We are pleased by the industry-wide support for HTML 4.0, and we will be supporting HTML 4.0 in our products."
-- Don Harbert, Vice President, Internet Systems Group, Digital Equipment Corporation

"HTML 4.0 marks an important step in the development of standards which will lead to smoothly functioning global commerce. As a strong supporter of the World Wide Web Consortium, the Direct Marketing Association is proud to be a part of this initiative."
-- H. Robert Wientzen, President and CEO, Direct Marketing Association

"From electricity production plants to domestic-clients feeding through all the electric networks, EDF process documentations have to be easy to create, append, browse or print and information easy to find. That for, HTML 4.0 improvments are very important for EDF and explain the reasons of EDF involvement in the W3C and notably in this working group."
-- François Raynaud, Web Program Manager, Electricite de France

"HTML 4.0 is a triumph for the Web community. New specifications covering scripting, compound documents and document relationships will evolve the Web framework to support the sophisticated needs that arise in Intranet and Extranet site development."
-- Jon Radoff, Chief Technology Officer, Eprise Corporation

"Ericsson endorses the important work on HTML 4.0. It is a straight line towards maintaining global pragmatic interoperability of the Web through internationalisation, ease-of-use and access for all people. Ericsson currently works towards extending the Web through mobile interoperable solutions and building industrial-strength and reliable Web- and communications technology and HTML 4.0 will be an important step."
-- Staffan Liljegren, W3C Advisory Committee Member and Media Lab Research Manager, Ericsson

"Internationalization features standardized in HTML 4.0 must be a great boon to Internet users of non-Western worlds. East Asian users of WWW, for example, will enjoy the benefits of explicit language handling and multibyte codeset support in a portable manner. Fujitsu believes the wide acceptance of this new HTML by Internet community."
-- Junji Maeyama, Director of the Board and General Manager of the Software Group, Fujitsu Limited

"As recently as two years ago, printed Web output frequently looked as if it came out of a typewriter gone berserk. Now, HTML 4.0 brings output close to that of standard Windows applications -- a much-needed feature for many of our customers. An HP Language Scientist, Dr. David Raggett, led this W3C effort and HP plans to develop even more dynamic Web printing capabilities."
-- Carolyn Ticknor, Vice President and General Manager, LaserJet Solutions Group, Hewlett Packard

"Intermind fully endorses HTML 4.0 and looks forward to its broad use and implementation. As a leader in the 'push', or personalized information delivery marketplace, it's critical to support a standard that improves the visual presentation, reusability and automatic exchange of personalized content via 'channels'. The improvements in Web forms will be particularly valuable for Intermind Communicator users."
-- Matt Highsmith, President and CEO, Intermind Corporation

"We believe that HTML 4.0 represents a significant advancement in the state of the art for web content and presentation. It enables content providers to create richer content for a wider global audience. By capturing and clearly specifying current practice in common browser behavior, as well as enhancing it, HTML 4.0 defines a solid, high functionality definition for content authors, as well as providing a well defined standard for browsers such as JavaSoft's HotJava(tm) Browser to adhere to. Coupled with Cascading Style Sheets, HTML 4.0 provides exciting opportunities for content authors to provide their own unique document styles, as well as enabling more highly tuned presentations for different media types and increasing accessability of web content for differently abled individuals. Additionally it is laying the foundation for the creation of HTML documents with dynamic, animated content, which will be a very compelling capability for Web content authors."
-- Steve Byrne, Senior Staff Engineer and System Architect, JavaSoft

"We welcome the announcement of the W3C HTML 4.0 Recommendation. As market forces drive the rapid evolution of sometimes divergent HTML, the W3C serves the important role of defining the common ground for interoperability and preserving the foundation needed for broad accessibility. We continue to look to the W3C's work as the core of our Laboratory standard for HTML, and we look forward to the successful collaboration among multiple parties that the W3C has consistently coordinated."
-- Tad Lane, Information Architecture Standards Editor, Los Alamos National Laboratory

"We at Lotus are excited about the functionality contained in HTML 4.0, because its new features, such as the style objects and new events model, will allow us to expose more of the rich functionality of Lotus Notes to Web Browers. We look forward to supporting HTML 4.0 in both the Lotus Notes 5.0 client and the Lotus Domino 5.0 Web Server."
-- Eileen Rudden, Senior Vice President of Communications Products Development, Lotus Development Corporation

"The W3C is leading the way with HTML 4.0, making the web richer and accessible to everyone. Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 currently supports HTML 4.0."
-- David Cole, Vice President, Internet Client and Collaboration Group, Microsoft Corporation

"The HTML 4.0 specification represents the culmination of over three years of work. I am proud to have been part of this effort since late 1993, and I look forward to playing an ongoing role as HTML continues to evolve."
-- Murray Maloney, Proprietor, Muzmo Communication Inc.

"HTML is rapidly developing into the platform-independent, open standard for document publishing, multimedia, and crossware user interfaces. With support for CSS1 style sheets, scripting, frames and multimedia, HTML 4.0 represents a major step towards realizing this vision. As a leading supporter of open standards, Netscape is looking forward to fully supporting HTML 4.0 in a future version of Communicator."
-- Dave Rothschild, Vice President, Client Products, Netscape Communications Corp.

"Novell enthusiastically supports W3C in its announcement of the HTML 4.0 Recommendation including support for dynamic object content, internationalization, accessibility, locally executable scripts and frames. These important new features create a rich foundation for innovative Web applications suited to an increasingly sophisticated global audience. In combination with Cascading Style Sheets, HTML 4.0 makes it easier for large site publishers such as Novell to produce documents that are more dynamic and interactive, as well as consistent in appearance and quality. Consistent with our commitment to W3C and Internet standards, Novell is proud to be part of the HTML 4.0 development team."
-- Michael MacKay, Vice President of Corporate Architecture, Novell

"As an active participant in the W3C since its inception, we applaud the fact that HTML 4.0 provides a standard way to use up-to-date and powerful Web techniques. An earlier draft of the specification is already supported in HoTMetaL PRO 4.0, and we will be upgrading our products to support the final version."
-- Bruce Sharpe, VP Development, SoftQuad, Inc.

"HTML 4.0 is a watershed in online standards. It does the right thing. By eliminating presentational tags of some browser manufacturers, HTML 4.0 gives us a firm foundation for implementing Cascading Style Sheets. The sooner we can all be using style sheets the better -- the quick turnaround and clear thinking that has gone into HTML 4.0 will let us turn our attention to the browser manufacturers and ask them to give us style-sheet implementations that work. "
-- David Siegel, Chairman, Studio Verso, and Author, Creating Killer Web Sites

"The UK Higher Education community welcomes the release of HTML 4.0. The rich functionality it provides, such as the Document Object Model, will be valuable in developing distance teaching and learning materials. Perhaps even more important is the involvement of the major browser vendors in developing the new specification. In the past couple of years the battles between software vendors have hindered developments, with many organisations, with experience of proprietary lock-ins in the past, unwilling to develop web services until the standards have stabilised. Now that the specifications are stabilising, we are looking forward to achieving Tim Berners-Lee's dream of universal access to networked resources in a platform and application independent way."
-- Brian Kelly, National Web Coordinator, UK Higher Education community, UK Office for Library and Information Networking

"Authors in the Middle East can at last get the control they need for right-to-left and mixed text. HTML 4.0 provides the markup needed for any language including multilingual documents, and has been tuned to exploit Unicode while keeping the ability to transmit pages in popular encodings, such as JIS, SJIS, and EUC for Japanese."
-- Dr. Martin Dürst, Department of Computer Science, University of Zurich

"This is exciting news for the improvement and advancement of the World Wide Web. On behalf of AnchorDesk's 1,000,000 subscribers and Web users everywhere, we heartily endorse this latest initiative from the W3C. Through our Web Interoperability Pledge (, we enthusiastically support the idea of a single global standard for creating and displaying Web pages. HTML 4.0 is yet another example of the W3C's crucial role as the arbiter of that standard."
-- Jesse Berst, Editorial Director, ZDNet AnchorDesk

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