HTML 4.0 Specification

W3C Working Draft Epilogue
$Date: 1998/06/05 15:52:09 $

Latest Version:
Dave Raggett <dsr@w3.org>
Arnaud Le Hors <lehors@w3.org>
Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>

Status of the document

The 17-Sep-1997 Working Draft, HTML 4.0 Specification, obsoleted a number of older working drafts by incorporating them into a single draft.

The 7-Nov-1997 revision was a Proposed Recommendation, which was endorsed as a W3C Recommendation 18-Dec-1997.

This work is part of the W3C HTML Activity.


This specification defines the HyperText Markup Language (HTML), version 4.0, the publishing language of the World Wide Web. In addition to the text, multimedia, and hyperlink features of the previous versions of HTML, HTML 4.0 supports more multimedia options, scripting languages, style sheets, better printing facilities, and documents that are more accessible to users with disabilities. HTML 4.0 also takes great strides towards the internationalization of documents, with the goal of making the Web truly World Wide.

HTML 4.0 is an SGML application conforming to International Standard ISO 8879 -- Standard Generalized Markup Language [ISO8879]). As an SGML application, the syntax of conforming HTML 4.0 documents is defined by the combination of the SGML declaration and the document type definition (DTD). This specification defines the intended interpretation of HTML 4.0 elements and adds syntax constraints that may not be expressed by the DTD alone.


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