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The 'text/html' Media Type (RFC2854)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003453D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 7 page(s) / 15K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

D. Connolly: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This document summarizes the history of HTML development, and defines the "text/html" MIME type by pointing to the relevant W3C recommendations; it is intended to obsolete the previous IETF documents defining HTML, including RFC 1866, RFC 1867, RFC 1980, RFC 1942 and RFC 2070, and to remove HTML from IETF Standards Track.

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Network Working Group D. Connolly

Request for Comments: 2854 World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)

Obsoletes: 2070, 1980, 1942, 1867, 1866 L. Masinter

Category: Informational AT&T

June 2000

The 'text/html' Media Type

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does

not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of this

memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2000). All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

This document summarizes the history of HTML development, and defines

the "text/html" MIME type by pointing to the relevant W3C

recommendations; it is intended to obsolete the previous IETF

documents defining HTML, including RFC 1866, RFC 1867, RFC 1980, RFC

1942 and RFC 2070, and to remove HTML from IETF Standards Track.

This document was prepared at the request of the W3C HTML working

group. Please send comments to www-html@w3.org, a public mailing list

with archive at .

1. Introduction and background

HTML has been in use in the World Wide Web information infrastructure

since 1990, and specified in various informal documents. The

text/html media type was first officially defined by the IETF HTML

working group in 1995 in [HTML20]. Extensions to HTML were proposed

in [HTML30], [UPLOAD], [TABLES], [CLIMAPS], and [I18N].

The IETF HTML working group closed Sep 1996, and work on defining

HTML moved to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The proposed

extensions were incorporated to some extent in [HTML32], and to a

larger extent in [HTML40]. The definition of multipart/form-data from

[UPLOAD] was described in [FORMDATA]. In addition, a reformulation of

HTML 4.0 in XML 1.0[XHTML1] was developed.

[HTML32] notes "This specification defines HTML version 3.2. HTML 3.2

aims to capture recommended practice as of early '96 and as such to

be used as a replacement for HTML 2.0 (RFC 1866)." Subsequent

specifications for HTML describe the differences in each version.

In addition to the development of standards, a wide variety of

additional extensions, restrictions, and modifications to HTML were

popularized by NCSA's Mosaic system and subsequently by the

competitive implementations of Netscape Navigator and Microsoft

Internet Explorer; these extensions are documented in numerous books

and online guides.

2. Registration of MIME media type text/html

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