ABC.HTM was first published as Mansfield, C. (2006) ‘ABC.HTM – l’écriture numérique’ in DalMolin, Eliane & Murphy, Carole (eds) Contemporary French and Francophone Studies: Sites, Volume 10 Issue 10.3 Verbal, Visual, Virtual, London & New York, Routledge. pp.267-274, ISSN 1740-9292. Sites was an exciting new journal in cultural studies that played on the words for website and place. The piece of digital writing was conceived to use HTML markup to manage the screen real-estate with space and colour without graphics like jpegs, so that rather like an oulipo poem it was complete within itself and its own rules. HTML had been around since 1993 and I had started working with it in the summer of 1995 writing courses in Cyberculture at the University of Sunderland. In one of the online web dev courses I wrote I remember thinking that HTML and Tables let web designers map out screens like magazine pages to place smaller sections of content across the full width of the screen. We did not have iPhones then, nor did I know about CSS until much later.
I have tried embedding the html for ABC.HTM here into WordPress and it nearly works twenty years later but to give it its own box, here it is in isolation in a web-page of its own at abc.htm https://eserve.org.uk/abc.htm