No it has not. The HTML 4.01 Specification is a stable document and the W3C has announced that there will not be any more changes to HTML. And the W3C has not asked us to stop using HTML. To the contrary, with the 4.01 Specification HTML has reached a state of perfection.
Originally posted by Robert Wellock
HTML has been deprecated.
Now, while HTML 4.01 is the perfect medium for communicating documents, it's not always the perfect medium for developing them. XHTML is being developed for that along with XML Style Sheet Transformations which allow for the quick transformation of an XHTML document into HTML 4.01.
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