Structural and Semantic HTML


The history of HTML is convoluted. HTML began life as a simple, structural, semantic markup language for publishing scientific documents. As the popularity of the Web grew, more and more presentational aspects (elements like <font> and attributes like bgcolor) were added by browser developers (I’m looking at you, Netscape; what were you thinking with <blink>?), until HTML morphed into a mishmash of ad hoc “innovations” that strayed far from the original intent of its developer, Tim Berners-Lee.


Block Element Title Attribute Powdered Sugar Presentational Aspect Semantic Markup 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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  1. From The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (Houghton Mifflin, 2000).Google Scholar

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