|Noun||1.||hypertext markup language - a set of tags and rules (conforming to SGML) for using them in developing hypertext documents|
|(hypertext, World-Wide Web, standard)||Hypertext Markup Language - (HTML) A hypertext
document format used on the World-Wide Web. HTML is built
on top of SGML. "Tags" are embedded in the text. A tag
consists of a "<", a "directive" (case insensitive), zero or
more parameters and a ">". Matched pairs of directives, like
Links to other documents are in the form
where "A" and "/A" delimit an "anchor", "HREF" introduces a hypertext reference, which is most often a Uniform Resource Locator (URL) (the string in double quotes in the example above). The link will be represented in the browser by the text "foo" (typically shown underlined and in a different colour).
A certain place within an HTML document can be marked with a named anchor, e.g.:
The "fragment identifier", "baz", can be used in an HREF by appending "#baz" to the document name.
Other common tags include
for preformated text,