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Concluded WG HyperText Markup Language (html)

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WG Name HyperText Markup Language
Acronym html
Area Applications Area (app)
State Concluded
Charter charter-ietf-html-01 Approved
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Personnel Chair Eric W. Sink
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Final Charter for Working Group

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

The group will build upon a working specification originally written
Tim Berners-Lee, much work done by Dan Connolly in editing and
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
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

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
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

known as HTMLPlus. This work will include formats for tables,
and mathematical formulae.

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



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

Done milestones

Date Milestone Associated documents
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.
Done Submit descriptive specification as Internet-Draft.