HTML now officially IETF WG

Erik Huizer (
Sat, 12 Nov 94 17:52:27 EST

Since not all of you may be on the ietf announce list I forward the
announcement below. I have reserved two
slots for HTML WG in San Jose:
Thursday Dec. 8: 0930-1200 and 1330-1530
FYI, on wednesday 7 dec 1930-2200 there is a HTTP BOF


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Date: Thu, 03 Nov 1994 18:38:31 -0500
From: IESG Secretary <iesg-secretary@CNRI.Reston.VA.US>
To: IETF-Announce:;
Subject: WG ACTION: HyperText Markup Language Working Group (quis)

A new working group has been created in the Applications Area
of the IETF. Contact the chairs or area director for more

IESG Secretary

HyperText Markup Language (html)
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Current status: active working group

Tim Berners-Lee <>
Eric Sink <>

Applications Area Director(s):
John Klensin <>
Erik Huizer <>

Area Advisor
Erik Huizer <>

Mailing lists:
To Subscribe:
In Body: subscribe html-wg <your name>

Description of Working Group:

Note on Mailing Lists

General discussion about HTML is normally carried out on the 'www-html'
list, which should be used for anything which is not the work of this


To subscribe:

In body: SUBSCRIBE WWW-HTML your full name



The HTML Working Group is chartered firstly to describe, and secondly to
develop, the HyperText Markup Language (HTML). The group's work is to be
based on existing practice on the Internet, and will make due reference
to the SGML standard.

The group will build upon a working specification originally written by
Tim Berners-Lee, much work done by Dan Connolly in editing and testing,
the recent editing of Karen Muldrow, and the HTMLPlus specification
edited by Dave Raggett. The working group takes over the work of the
informal HTML Implementors Group which met at the WWW94 conference in
Geneva, the HTML workshop at that conference, and an informal meeting and
an IETF BOF in Toronto in July 94.

The HTML standard will provide a format for hypertext files of wide
applicability, and particularly as a mandatory common format for all
WorldWide Web applications.

The standard will specify the relationships between HTML and other
standards and practices such as URIs, HTTP, MIME and SGML.


The working group will have a strong focus to:

o Describe existing features before developing new features

o Base specification on existing practice

o Express the relationship of HTML to URIs, MIME, SGML, HyTime and

o Define conformance levels

o Define transition possibilities and compatibilities between
versions and levels

The working group will work in two stages.

Descriptive specification

The first priority will be to complete the specfication of existing
practice on the Internet, defining it in terms which make development
of new features as straightforward as possible. This specification
will cover HTML up to that which has been called level 2 (i.e.,
including basic features, highlighting, images and forms). During this
period discussion of new features should not be carried out on the
working group mailing list.


Once the descriptive specification is submitted to the standards
process, the group will work on development of HTML, taking on the work
known as HTMLPlus. This work will include formats for tables, figures
and mathematical formulae.

In the absence of other proposals, the working group will terminate
having produced its milestones and the RFCs having achieved standards

Goals and Milestones:

Dec 94 Submit descriptive specification as Internet-Draft.

Dec 94 Submit the text/html MIME type as an Internet-Draft.

Dec 94 Outline the requirements list for HTML above the HTML features
deployed today, with development priority, and submit as an

Jan 95 Submit Internet-Drafts for new feature sets for HTML levels 3 and
above. Each of these should cover a specific feature set, and be
based on adoption of existing conventions or standards and/or
experience with demonstrable working code.

May 95 Complete repeated revision of 'new feature sets' Internet-Drafts
based on e-mail and meeting discussion.

Jul 95 Submit the descriptive specification for Proposed Standard.

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