The following are the HTML VERSIONS (If you want to know more about HTML please click this).
HTML 1.0 made its debut in the year 1991 and it was the initial release of HTML to the world. Only few people were involved in the website creation and the language was very limiting.
HTML 2.0 was released in the year 1995. New features where embedded in this version of HTML and the previous features of HTML 1.0 were also included. HTML 2.0 was the standard for web designing until January 1997 and it defined many core HTML features for the first time in the history.
Browser specific tags kept on increasing, and there was no particular standard which would monitor HTML. To end this, the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) was founded in the year 1994 to standardize HTML and it took responsibility of evolving HTML in the right direction.
As a result, the first work World Wide Web Consortium was named as WILBUR and later it was changed to HTML3.2. It became the official standard in January 1997 and today all the browsers round the world support it fully.
HTML 4.0 was the biggest revolution in the world of HTML standards and it is considered as the last iteration of classical HTML. This version was recommended by the World Wide Web Consortium in December 1997 and later it became the official standard in April 1998. Browser support was undertaken by Microsoft in their Internet Explorer Browser versions (IE5 and its successor IE6). These browsers had excellent support for the new attributes and tags.
The documentation of HTML 4.0 was revised and corrected a a bit and later it was entitled as HTML 4.01 in the year 1999.
In the year 2000, XHTML 1.0 was introduced by World Wide Web Consortium and they made it as recommendation. XHTML is a new branch of HTML 4.01 as it incorporates the behavior of XML. Some changes where made in XHTML 1.0 and this increased it accessibility and readability.
After HTML 4.01 and XHTML 1.0, the programmers started working on a fresh proposal of XHTML 2. At the same time, smart web developers were innovating constantly and they started adding new functionality into websites and browsers. The path of XHTML 2 was unrealistic, and it became pretty clear that a new approach was needed.
After an extensive research by the World Wide Web Consortium, they decided to discontinue XHTML 2 and they made it very clear that HTML was the future of the web. HTML5 became the new specification that everyone’s effort should be poured into.