W3C releases new HTML specification

The World Wide Web Consortium released a new HTML specification that officially recognizes features developed by Microsoft and Netscape Communications.

The World Wide Web Consortium today released a new HTML specification that officially recognizes new Web page features developed independently by Microsoft and Netscape Communications.

The W3C, which is composed of more than 130 industry members, is calling HTML 3.2 a major new release of the specification for creating Web pages. But the organization acknowledges that the new specification's main additions--including tables, the applet tag, and text flow around images--were originally developed as proprietary HTML extensions by the two leading browser vendors and have already been widely deployed through Internet Explorer and Navigator.

The W3C is continuing to work, however, on future versions of the HTML standard, which will support multimedia objects, scripting, style sheets, layout, and higher quality printing.

The consortium today also posted the final PICS (Platform for Internet Content Selection) specification. PICS is designed to allow publishers and developers to create their own ratings systems for content on the Internet.

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