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W3C HTML Activity

HTML is the universal markup language on the Web.

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HTML version

HTML 2.0

HTML 2.0 in 1996 by the HTML Working Group of the Internet Engineering Task Force developed.

HTML 2.0 is an outdated version of HTML. Currently on the market can be found in the browser rely on an updated version of HTML. For a WEB developers, there is no need to require HTML 2.0 standard.

HTML 3.2

HTML 3.2 as a W3C standard Posted on January 14, 1997. HTML 3.2 was added to the HTML 2.0 standard is widely used features, such as fonts, forms, applets, text flow around images, superscript and subscript.

These are added to the 1997 HTML 3.2 standard one of the elements - <font> tag - brought unnecessary trouble for the separation of HTML content and presentation of this important task.

HTML 4.0

As a W3C Recommendation, HTML 4.0 was released on December 18, 1997. But only made some editorial amendments second version was released on April 24, 1998.

The most important feature is the introduction of HTML 4.0 style sheets (CSS).

Our W3C CSS chapter summarizes the W3C CSS activities.

HTML 4.01

Recommended as a W3C, HTML 4.01 Posted on December 24, 1999.

HTML 4.01 is a minor update HTML 4.0, the latter was amended and bug fixes.

W3C will not continue development of HTML. W3C's future work will focus on XHTML.

XHTML 1.0 (the latest version of HTML)

XHTML 1.0 to HTML 4.01 using XML has been re-expressed.

Recommended as a W3C, XHTML 1.0 Posted on 2000 January 20.

Our W3C XHTML chapter summarizes the W3C XHTML activity.


W3C HTML 5 working draft released on January 22, 2008.

Through the development of how to handle all HTML elements and precise rules for how to recover from mistakes, HTML 5 improves interoperability and reduce development costs.

HTML 5 new features include embedded audio, video and graphics capabilities, client-side data storage, and interactive documents.

HTML 5 also includes new elements, such as: <nav>, <header>, <footer> and <figure> and so on.

HTML 5 Working Group include: AOL, Apple, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Mozilla, Nokia, Opera, as well as hundreds of other suppliers.

W3C HTML Specifications and Timeline

specification recommend
HTML 3.2 January 14, 1997
HTML 4.0 May 24, 1998
HTML 4.01 December 24, 1999
HTML 5 June 24, 2010 (the latest draft)

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