Hypertext Markup Language

  • A set of codes inserted into a file or document that is intended to display through a Web browser. HTML tells the browser how to display a document’s words and images as a Web page. Each markup symbol is referred to as an element or a tag.  1
  • A language that uses tags to structure text into headings, paragraphs, lists and links. It tells a Web browser how to display text and images.  2  3
  • The underlying program structure of text on the World Wide Web.  4
  • Developed by CERN of Geneva, Switzerland. The document standard of choice of Internet. (HTML+ adds support for multi-media.) Use in internet application.  5
  • The tag-based ASCII language used to create pages on the Web.  6
  • The standard code used to tell a browser how a web page should be displayed.


  1. Vinson & Elkins LLP Practice Support, EDD Glossary.
  2. Fios, E-Discovery Glossary 
  3. RSI, Glossary.
  4. Legal Electronic Document Institute, Basic Principles of Automated Litigation Support (2005).
  5. Formerly American Document Management, Glossary of Terms, now 5i Solutions Glossary.
  6. Kroll Ontrack, Glossary of Terms