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HTML stands for HyperText Markup Language. It's a driving force behind the myriads of colorful interactive screens of text, graphics, and multimedia -- called Web pages -- popping up all over the place today on the World Wide Web (known as WWW or W3). Before you can understand the ins and outs of building Web pages, you'll need to learn a little about the World Wide Web, and the Internet universe in which it lives.
Part I is your introduction to W3, and includes a quick review of Web basics, along with a blisteringly short history of the Web and how it works. This coverage will be old hat for seasoned Internauts, but should provide some background information for those less well-traveled in Cyberspace. By the time you make it through the first three chapters, you should have a good understanding of what the Web is about, why HTML is important, and what it can (and can't) do.
Along the way, you should also gain an appreciation for the vast skeins of knowledge, wit, folklore, esoterica, and information already strung through W3. It's humbling to think that your own work with HTML may someday result in stringing that web just a bit further!