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RE[3]: YIKES!
by Eugenia on Tue 5th Feb 2008 01:36 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: YIKES!"
Eugenia
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2005-06-28

Well, what Adam said is not exactly in line with what the comic portrays. HTML is not a language, so it's not about being "good", it's about actually being "compatible".

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RE[4]: YIKES!
by Chicken Blood on Tue 5th Feb 2008 23:45 in reply to "RE[3]: YIKES!"
Chicken Blood Member since:
2005-12-21

Well, what Adam said is not exactly in line with what the comic portrays. HTML is not a language, so it's not about being "good", it's about actually being "compatible".


Hmmm. I wonder what the 'L' in HTML stands for then.

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RE[5]: YIKES!
by JonathanBThompson on Wed 6th Feb 2008 00:19 in reply to "RE[4]: YIKES!"
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2006-05-26

Well, you're both at least partially wrong in what you imply: HTML stands for "Hyper Text Markup Language" and that's exactly what it does: it describes how things should look, but... it has zero program logic that can be expressed in and of itself; therefore, you can't write anything algorithmic in any way, shape or form, and can't do serious work with it where computation is required, at least not without going into a deep WTFery state of abusing an HTML-capable browser.

HTML simply isn't a programming language, and it is not remotely Turing-complete.

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RE[4]: YIKES!
by Doc Pain on Fri 8th Feb 2008 17:01 in reply to "RE[3]: YIKES!"
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2006-10-08

HTML is not a language, so it's not about being "good", it's about actually being "compatible".


As it has been pointd out before, the L in HTML stands for Language. So it is one. But HTML is not a programming language. HTML's quality is about compatibility and standard complicance.

In Germany, there are "wannabe professionals" who insist on that they're "programming Internet Sites in HTML" (go count the errors in this statement). :-)

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