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Definition: Acronym for Hypertext Markup Language. A markup language for identifying the portions of a document (called elements) so that, when accessed by a program called a Web browser, each portion appears with a distinctive format. HTML is the markup language behind the appearance of documents on the World Wide Web (WWW). HTML is standardized by means of a document type definition (DTD) composed in the Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML). HTML includes capabilities that enable authors to insert hyperlinks that display another HTML document when clicked. The agency responsible for standardizing HTML is the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).
Source: Pfaffenberger, Bryan. Webster's new world computer dictionary. London: Wiley, 2003. Print.