The Web Design Group

HTML 4 Reference

Also available in German and Japanese

HTML 4.0 became a W3C Recommendation in December of 1997. The new HTML standard provided a number of significant improvements over previous versions of the language while emphasizing the concepts of accessibility and structural markup. In December of 1999, HTML 4.01 replaced HTML 4.0 as a minor update.


What's New in HTML 4
A summary of the new features in HTML 4 and a look at the key concepts behind the new standard.
Structure of an HTML 4 Document
An explanation of elements, tags, and attributes, and how they are used in an HTML 4 document.
Organizational List of HTML 4 Elements
All HTML 4.01 elements organized by their function.
Alphabetical List of HTML 4 Elements
All HTML 4.01 elements listed alphabetically.
HTML 4 Entities
All character entity references in HTML 4 along with their numeric character references and rendering in your browser.
Offline Versions
Downloadable versions of this reference suitable for offline use.