History of the IMG tag

Mark Pilgrim traces the history of the humble IMG tag and the heated discussion that ensued when graphics were added to the web:

I'd like to propose a new, optional HTML tag:


Required argument is SRC="url".

This names a bitmap or pixmap file for the browser to attempt to pull over the network and interpret as an image, to be embedded in the text at the point of the tag's occurrence.

Why do we have an IMG element?

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