Glossary

Hypertext Transfer Protocol

HTTP is a stateless request/response protocol using human-readable text messages for the communication between web clients and web servers. The main purpose of HTTP has been to allow fetching web documents identified by URLs from a web browser, and invoking the operations of a backend web application program from a HTML form executed by a web browser. More recently, HTTP is increasingly used for providing web APIs and web services.

Hypertext Markup Language

HTML allows marking up (or describing) the structure of a human-readable web document or web user interface. The XML-based version of HTML, which is called "XHTML5", provides a simpler and cleaner syntax compared to traditional HTML.

Extensible Markup Language

XML allows to mark up the structure of all kinds of documents, data files and messages, whether they are human-readable or not. XML is based on Unicode. SVG and MathML are based on XML, and there is an XML-based version of HTML.

XML provides a syntax for expressing structured information in the form of an XML document with elements and their attributes. The specific elements and attributes used in an XML document can come from any vocabulary, such as public standards or user-defined XML formats.