Forces driving the Evolution of HTML

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   Simplicity of HTML encouraged rapid adoption

   Early focus on text-only and graphical displays

   Last few years dominated by graphical displays threatening the media independance of HTML

   Emergence of wider variety of platforms:
TV, PDA, Telephones, Speech-based browsers...

   Renewed emphasis on clean separation between structure and style

   Governments and special interest groups lobbying for accessibility

   The challenge of multi-lingual web

Dave Raggett & Arnaud Le Hors