The ABW file format is the default document format for the AbiWord word processing software and the format is based on XML. The ABW file format allows for advanced document layouts, rich text formatting, lists, tables, images and footnotes. ABW files are similar in nature to Microsoft Word DOC files, however, unlike Microsoft Word files, the AbiWord program can run on almost any computer operating system.
HTML is a Web format file. HTML source code can be changed in a text editor. HTML files are being developed for future use in the users web browser, allowing you to format text, images and other materials required sites. File with this format use tags to build web pages. HTML code is parsed Web browser and usually not visible to the user.