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HyperText Markup Language (html)
(concluded WG)

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Group
Name: HyperText Markup Language
Acronym:html
Area:Applications Area (app)
State: Concluded
Charter: charter-ietf-html-01 (Approved)
Personnel
Chair: Eric Sink <eric@spyglass.com>
Area Director: ?
Mailing List
Address:www-html@w3.org
To Subscribe:www-html-request@w3.org
Archive:http://www.ics.uci.edu/pub/ietf/html/

Charter for 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
group.

Address: www-html@w3.org

To subscribe: www-html-request@w3.org

Archive:
http://gummo.stanford.edu/html/hypermail/www-html-1994q2.index.html


Description

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.

Focus

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
HTTP

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.

Development

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
status.

Milestones

Dec 1994
Outline the requirements list for HTML above the HTML features deployed today, with development priority, and submit as an Internet-Draft.
Dec 1994
Submit the text/html MIME type as an Internet-Draft.
Done
Submit descriptive specification as Internet-Draft.
Done
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 1995
Complete repeated revision of `new feature sets' Internet-Drafts based on e-mail and meeting discussion.
Jul 1995
Submit the descriptive specification for Proposed Standard.