HTML and CSS Reference
The same year also saw the
launch of Yahoo.com (March
1995), Amazon.com (July 1995),
and eBay.com (September 1995),
along with many other shorter-
lived web brands—or, as they
soon became known, dot-coms.
The internet boom was ready to
happen, and both Netscape and
Microsoft wanted to be in posi-
tion to take advantage of it.
HTML 2.0 ERA
Introducing The form element
The first official standard for
HTML (HTML 2.0) was published
in April 1994 with revisions in
July 1994 and February 1995; it
was finally accepted as a standard
by the IETF in September 1995.
The goal of the document was to
describe common browser capa-
bilities as of June 1994, so it
reflected most of the functionality
available in the browsers released
Now I can shop online—
books, clothes, unshielded
Twisted pair cables...
By the time versions 3.0 of IE and Navigator were released in August
1996, IE was much closer in terms of features, and the browser wars
were on. In an effort to grab market share, both vendors rushed to
implement new features with little regard for compatibility. Initially
this wasn't a problem, because Netscape had as much as 80% of the
market; but as IE gained ground, thanks to improved features and an
aggressive marketing campaign, developers had to contend with two
browsers with similar features but very different implementations.