HTML is a markup language for describing web pages. HTML was invented in 1990 by a scientist called Tim Berners-Lee.
- HTML stands for Hyper Text Markup Language
- Hyper is the opposite of linear. In the good old days – when a mouse was something the cat chased – computer programs ran linearly: when the program had executed one action it went to the next line and after that, the next line and so on. But HTML is different – you can go wherever you want and whenever you want. For example, it is not necessary to visit MSN.com before you visit HTML.net.
- Text is self-explanatory.
- Mark-up is what you do with the text. You are marking up the text the same way you do in a text editing program with headings, bullets and bold text and so on.
- Language is what HTML is. It uses many English words.