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Variation on HTML versions

The Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) is an evolving standard, with different versions supporting different features. In order to make your documents viewable by the widest possible audience, you should use the most basic HTML version in common usage. This is currently version 2.0 , which is the default version for LaTeX2HTML. It supports images, server-side image maps, interactive forms, and minimal typographic elements (bold, itallic and teletype). This version adheres to the ISO Latin 1 (ISO-8879) character set. Other HTML versions supported by LaTeX2HTML are as follows:

*Version 2.1
HTML version 2.1 is essentially identical to HTML version 2.0, with some extensions for internationalization. Most importantly, the default character set is no longer ISO 8859-1 but ISO-10646 (Unicode). This is a 16-bit character set and can thus display a much larger set of characters. There are also provisions for bidirectional languages (e.g. in Arabic, the text is written from right to left, but numerals from left to right), and provisions in HTML to determine the character set and the language used. Not all of the symbols are available in TeX, LaTeX2HTML, or any browser yet available. However, the version 2.1 emulation of LaTeX2HTML is at least a start.

*Version 2.2
This version supports all the features of version 2.1, plus the HTML3 Table Model . This feature is already available in many HTML 2.0 browsers, including Netscape Navigator V1.2.

*Version 3.0
This version adds to version 2.2 some of the HTML 3.0 textual formatting features, including centering, flush right, flush left, and underlining.

*Version 3.1
In addition to all fo the features of version 3.0, this version adds support for math markup . Currently the only browser which can display this markup is Arena.


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Bo Milvang-Jensen
Tue May 28 19:03:54 MET DST 1996