The Evolution of HTML

The Evolution of HTML

Anyone who’s ever thought about building a website has come across the words HTML — the Hypertext Markup Language first proposed by physicist Tim Berners-Lee in the 1980s. Today, we take you through the evolution of this markup language.


We begin with a surprising fact: the first-ever HTML webpage was created in 1992, just 25 years ago, by Tim Berners-Lee. The webpage was a simple HTML documentation that included hyperlinks to other resources within the server.



During a wave of new browsers, including NetScape, Opera, and Internet Explorer, HTML 2 was introduced. On September 22nd, 1995, this webpage was published with information about the upgraded language.



Soon after, HTML 3 was introduced, with Javascript and Java trailing closely behind. The new system came with new features, among them tables, text flow, and a cleaner interface.


HTML 3.2, 4 and XML

HTML 3.2 and HTML 4 were launched within the same years along with XML — Extensible Markup Language. This new system provided a format that both humans and machines could read.

HTML 4 was the language that introduced a basic color interface that could be easily read.



It took nearly another decade for HTML5 to emerge at the same time as the new browser Google Chrome. The language was very much like its predecessor HTML 4, with just a few upgrades.


Today, a vast number of websites are built with either HTML4 or HTML5. Our favorite examples are below. Don’t forget to turn on your volume and be prepared to be immersed into the realm of HTML.



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