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Hypertext Markup Language - 2.0 (RFC1866)

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Original Publication Date: 1995-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

T. Berners-Lee: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) is a simple markup language used to create hypertext documents that are platform independent. HTML documents are SGML documents with generic semantics that are appropriate for representing information from a wide range of domains. HTML markup can represent hypertext news, mail, documentation, and hypermedia; menus of options; database query results; simple structured documents with in-lined graphics; and hypertext views of existing bodies of information.

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Network Working Group T. Berners-Lee

Request for Comments: 1866 MIT/W3C

Category: Standards Track D. Connolly

November 1995

Hypertext Markup Language - 2.0

Status of this Memo

This document specifies an Internet standards track protocol for the

Internet community, and requests discussion and suggestions for

improvements. Please refer to the current edition of the "Internet

Official Protocol Standards" (STD 1) for the standardization state

and status of this protocol. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Abstract

The Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) is a simple markup language used

to create hypertext documents that are platform independent. HTML

documents are SGML documents with generic semantics that are

appropriate for representing information from a wide range of

domains. HTML markup can represent hypertext news, mail,

documentation, and hypermedia; menus of options; database query

results; simple structured documents with in-lined graphics; and

hypertext views of existing bodies of information.

HTML has been in use by the World Wide Web (WWW) global information

initiative since 1990. This specification roughly corresponds to the

capabilities of HTML in common use prior to June 1994. HTML is an

application of ISO Standard 8879:1986 Information Processing Text and

Office Systems; Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML).

The "text/html" Internet Media Type (RFC 1590) and MIME Content Type

(RFC 1521) is defined by this specification.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction ........................................... 2

1.1 Scope .................................................. 3

1.2 Conformance ............................................ 3

2. Terms .................................................. 6

3. HTML as an Application of SGML .........................10

3.1 SGML Documents .........................................10

3.2 HTML Lexical Syntax ................................... 12

3.3 HTML Public Text Identifiers .......................... 17

3.4 Example HTML Document ................................. 17

4. HTML as an Internet Media Type ........................ 18

4.1 text/html media type .................................. 18

4.2 HTML Document Representation .......................... 19

5. Document Structure .................................... 20

5.1 Document Element: HTML ................................ 21

5.2 Head: HEAD ............................................ 21

5.3 Body: BODY ............................................ 24

5.4 Headings: H1 ... H6 ................................... 24

5.5 Block Structuring Elements ............................ 25

5.6 List Elements ...................................