Pasted from HTML 2.0 spec, this section is under revision ...

The HTML document type was designed by Tim Berners-Lee at CERN as part of the 1990 World-Wide Web project. In 1992, Dan Connolly wrote the HTML Document Type Definition (DTD) and a brief HTML specification.

Since 1993, a wide variety of Internet participants have contributed to the evolution of HTML. NCSA Mosaic played a particularly important role in establishing HTML. Mosaic pioneered the addition of in-line images, image maps, nested lists and fill-out forms (derived from work on HTML+). Minor variations in the way extensions were supported by different browsers eventually led to the setting up of the HTML working group. The HTML 2.0 specification sets out a definitive standard for HTML, formalizing the de facto situation during 1994.

HTML+ was the result of my work on possible directions for extending HTML to meet the needs of information providers, e.g. to support forms, tables, text flow around figures and math. This work has now culminated in the current HTML 3.0 specification, which adds a range of important new features to HTML while preserving simplicity and backwards compatibility with existing documents.

I would like to express my special thanks to members of the Internet community on the www-talk, www-html and html-wg mailing lists; to people who have written to me in person, and to members of the SGML-Open who have been very supportive of the Web initiative. Thanks also to Hewlett Packard for funding my work on HTML.

Particular thanks are due to:

Dave Raggett <>, February 1995.