The history of hypertext goes back over many decades. Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) evolved from the concept and has remained somewhat static in its current form, HTML 4.01, since 1999. There have been revisions to the fundamentals such as the XHMTL standard in 2002, but HTML has largely remained unchanged. While the language remained the same, the web has evolved dramatically which has required numerous workarounds and scripting in order to get multimedia and Web 2.0 effects to function. HTML 5 has long been in the making and promised advancements in document layout and tagging. On January 22nd, the W3C formally released a draft of the HTML 5 specification. HTML 5 is, of course, backwards compliant with HTML 4 and enhances hypertext with additional attributes and elements along with the retiring of older tags and syntax.
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