Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)

An Application Conforming to International Standard ISO 8879 -- Standard Generalized Markup Language

About of this Document

This 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.

Please send comments to connolly@hal.com or the discussion list www-html@info.cern.ch.


This 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, figures, and mathematical formulae) where mentioned are described as "proposed".

The 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


HyperText Markup Language (HTML) can be used to represent 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.

HTML is proposed as a MIME content type.

HTML refers to the URI specification RFCxxxx.

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.