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1.3. HTML: What It Is

HTML is a document-layout and hyperlink-specification language. It defines the syntax and placement of special, embedded directions that aren't displayed by the browser, but tell it how to display the contents of the document, including text, images, and other support media. The language also tells you how to make a document interactive through special hypertext links, which connect your document with other documents—on either your computer or someone else's, as well as with other Internet resources, like FTP.

1.3.1. HTML Standards and Extensions

The basic syntax and semantics of HTML are defined in the HTML standard, currently Version 4.01. HTML has matured in barely eight years, having gone through at least four iterations in as many years. At one time, a new version would appear before you had a chance to finish reading this book. Today, the pace of change has slowed. Now the wait is for browser manufacturers to implement the standards.


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