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.
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