PinkShinyRose wrote:Isn't CSS some newfangled thing that came a whole year later than the first standard HTML? Isn't HTML with the layout specified perfectly valid HTML 3? HTML is not necessarily HTML 4+...
The first standard HTML was that which ran in WWW.app and had no (or at most minimal, it's been a while) formatting support. IIRC there were hooks for something CSS-like to handle formatting, but no such thing existed yet. (WWW.app was also a WYSIWYG HTML editor, and had a bunch of other features now thought of as "Web 2.0" which were ignored by the web's early adopters until they thought of those things themselves and reinvented them).
Then Netscape, MS, and their successors came in, hacked a shitton of cruft onto what was originally a clean elegant standard, ushering in the dark ages of HTML 2.
The HTML 3 era was an attempt to standardize the awful mess that arose there.
HTML 4 finally put things back how they were meant to be.
XHTML 1 transitioned to a new track toward a glorious future...
And was promptly abandoned by the successors to the successors to the people who screwed everything up in the first place, and ushered in the new dark ages of HTML
ITS A LIVING STANDARD WHO NEEDS VERSION NUMBERS LOLfucking forum, WWW.app is the name of the NeXTSTEP application "WWW", not a URL! Not everything that starts with three Ws is a URL! ugh [edit: fixed now]