YO OKAY GUYS, how have I been both coding and writing for over 11yrs and I'm only just realising that HTML is hypertext *markup* language because it's based on the *markup* language used by editors to suggest edits to documents
the connection had been sort of latent for me--I first learned both a long time ago (genx yo)--but only recently it occurred to me it might be a useful historical progression to teach, particularly for the digitally overwhelmed
oh, and it wasn't just for edits, but for typesetting--mechanical typewriters only had the one typeface style, for instance, so one needed a way to indicate on a typewritten document how to set italic, bold, small caps, etc
a manual of style would then help fill other gaps
@deejoe Thank you! This is fascinating
@emaree that's one of my favourite xkcd comics.
Reminds me not to be one of those people that mock others for not knowing something.
@BrokenBiscuit Same. It's honestly changed so much about how I treat people and treat myself when I don't know something. It's a powerful piece of art.
@emaree every day is a good day to be part of the lucky 10000
@rob_haines IT'S NOT JUST MEEEEEE
This coding course I'm doing is using Sherlock Holmes books for its first test project, and it keeps making me think of best admin @InspectorCaracal
@emaree I thought it was based on SGML (which in turn was based on GML) o.O
@polychrome Seems like that's a bit of a contention point -- Tim Berners-Lee was working in SGMLguid but he invented HTML out of frustration with its limitation (and HTML5 has scrapped SGML entirely).
This also explains why some non-HTML markup syntaxes use underscores for denoting italics.
@vertigo YESSSS it totally does!
@emaree .... oooooooooohhhhhhhh
@emaree i mean...i'm a former tech writer, who used both all the time for years...and yes, this 😂
@emaree "why <thing>? fk it, not important, busy now, will research if important" - my life as a tech writer
also, i just plain didn't get it until now. :) i'm good with this, but...yeah. sighs, lol
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