Hypertext Markup Language


HyperText Markup language: a set of standards, a variety of SGML, used to tag the elements of a hypertext document. It is the standard protocol for formatting and displaying documents on the World Wide Web. Compare http.
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abbreviation for
hypertext markup language: a text description language that is used for electronic publishing, esp on the World Wide Web

hypertext markup language
the full name for HTML

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1992, from Hypertext Markup Language.
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HTML   (āch'tē-ěm-ěl')  Pronunciation Key 
A markup language used to structure text and multimedia documents and to set up hypertext links between documents, used extensively on the World Wide Web.
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HTML definition

An abbreviation for Hypertext Markup Language. This is the basic format for language that is used to construct the World Wide Web.

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Hypertext Markup Language definition

hypertext, World-Wide Web, standard
(HTML) A hypertext document format used on the World-Wide Web. HTML is built on top of SGML. "Tags" are embedded in the text. A tag consists of a "". Matched pairs of directives, like "" and "" are used to delimit text which is to appear in a special place or style.
Links to other documents are in the form a href="http://machine.edu/subdir/file.html"
where "" and "" delimit an "anchor", "href" introduces a hypertext reference, which is most often a Uniform Resource Locator (URL) (the string in double quotes in the example above). The link will be represented in the browser by the text "foo" (typically shown underlined and in a different colour).
A certain place within an HTML document can be marked with a named anchor, e.g.: a name="baz"

The "fragment identifier", "baz", can be used in an href by appending "#baz" to the document name.
Other common tags include

for a new paragraph, .. for bold text,

    for an unnumbered list,
 for preformated text, 



for headings.
HTML supports some standard SGML national characters and other non-ASCII characters through special escape sequences, e.g. "é" for a lower case 'e' with an acute accent. You can sometimes get away without the terminating semicolon but it's bad style.
Most systems will ignore the case of tags and attributes but lower case should be used for compatibility with XHTML.
The World-Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is the international standards body for HTML.
Latest version: XHTML 1.0, as of 2000-09-10.
Character escape sequences (http://w3.org/hypertext/WWW/MarkUp/ISOlat1.html).
See also weblint.
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Hypertext Markup Language
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