An HTML file is a basic text file that employs "markup tags" to indicate where text formatting such as bold and italic should be applied. A typical HTML file is stored on a Web server where it is accessed by a client using a Web browser. The file is transferred from the server to the client using HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol). When a Web client accesses a Web server, a specific HTML file is transferred to the client's Web browser. The HTML code is translated by the client's browser into a formatted and hyperlinked document.
Note that many of these developments were originally done with extensions to HTML. Most developers are now moving to XML (Extensible Markup Language).
Created by Lan Man
Last Modified: Nov 11, 2002