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The HTML initialism stands for HyperText Markup Language.  Initially, what is now simply referred to as the Web was thought of as a world-wide web or network of hypertextual links connecting pages of text.  The concept of hypertext was used to distinguish static text such as that in a book from text that was actively linked to other pages.  As such, HTML is the language used to tell web browsers what to display and what to link to.

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