HyperText Markup Language (HTML) is a simple markup system used
to create hypertext documents that are portable from one platform
to another. HTML documents are SGML documents with generic
semantics that are appropriate for representing information from
a wide range of applications. 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 corresponds to the
legitimate capabilities of HTML in common use prior to June 1994.
It is defined as an application of International Standard ISO 8879
Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML). This specificiation is
proposed as the Internet Media Type (RFC 1590) and MIME Content
Type (RFC 1521) called "text/html", or "text/html; version=2.0".
...Roy Fielding ICS Grad Student, University of California, Irvine USA