HyperText Markup Language (html)

Status: Concluded September, 1996 
 Eric Sink 
Description of Working Group:
Note on Mailing Lists
  General discussion about HTML is normally carried out on the 
  list, which should be used for anything which is not the work of this
   Address:  www-html@w3.org
   To subscribe:  www-html-request@w3.org
  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

Request for Comments:

  • RFC1866 Hypertext Markup Language - 2.0 (Proposed Standard)
  • RFC1867 Form-based File Upload in HTML (Experimental)
  • RFC1942 HTML Tables (Experimental)
  • RFC2070 Internationalization of the Hypertext Markup Language (Proposed Standard)