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Markup Languages

The Web uses many authoring and markup languages to display content. HTML is the base language of the Web and has been joined by many other helpful languages to produce phenomenally interactive Web sites. These languages include SGML (the father of HTML) and XML. Often useful for creating Web sites, there are also programming languages such as JavaScript and ASP.

HTML Resources and Information
HTML, HyperText Markup Language, is the language behind the World Wide Web's pages. This section has many HTML resources available, ranging from tutorials and guides, editors and site management tools, to specifications.

Lightweight Markup Languages
Lightweight markup languages are markup languages designed with an honest attempt to make them simple enough for non-programmers to read and write in them. There are several lightweight markup languages available on the internet.

SGML (Standard Generalized Markup Language), is a system for organizing and tagging elements of a document. SGML itself does not specify any particular formatting; rather, it specifies the rules for tagging elements. These tags can then be interpreted to format elements in different ways.

SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics)
SVG is an XML-based language that allows developers to describe the representation of graphical images to appear on a Web site in XML-like terms. SVG files include the actual instructions necessary for the creation of Web images that scale gracefully and can be integrated within XML or even XHTML files.

XHTML (eXtensible HyperText Markup Language)
XHTML is a reformulation of HTML 4 as an XML 1.0 application. Together with CSS2, XHTML provides further support for separation of content and style.

HTML is about the display of content, XML (eXtensible Markup Language) is about creating, sharing and processing information.

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Revised: March 3, 2005

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