Did success breed inertia?
When browser-vendors created new vocabularies, those vocabularies would make pages 'break' in competitors' browsers. The W3C's efforts to call a halt to new vocabulary development mostly froze a set of compromises in place.
HTML never really did all the tasks developers wanted it to do. Part structure, part formatting, this creature of convenience wasn't always convenient.
Because Web browsers provided only a very limited set of capabilities for processing information in the browser client, servers had an enormous amount of work to do.
Focused narrowly on computer-human communication
The formatting and document description aspects of HTML made it nearly impossible for automated tools to use HTML to communicate with each other.
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