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The Tangled Web by Michal Zalewski

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Chapter 4. Hypertext Markup Language

The Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) is the primary method of authoring online documents. One of the earliest written accounts of this language is a brief summary posted on the Internet by Tim Berners-Lee in 1991.[136] His proposal outlines an SGML-derived syntax that allows text documents to be annotated with inline hyperlinks and several types of layout aids. In the following years, this specification evolved gradually under the direction of Sir Berners-Lee and Dan Connolly, but it wasn’t until 1995, at the onset of the First Browser Wars, that a reasonably serious and exhaustive specification of the language (HTML 2.0) made it to RFC 1866.[137]

From that point on, all hell broke loose: For the next few years, ...

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