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Ashley Sheridan

Stored procedures are not the same thing as branching logic. Does SQLLite contain branching logic? Absolutely. Can HTML? Absolutely not.

Isn't this entire thread specifically about HTML? Given that, is there any wonder why I try to keep the thread on topic (your topic), which is HTML? Also, I have mentioned before, it's not my defintion, it's the definition of a programming language. You seem to have a version of the definition which is yours but it doesn't match the industry definition.

Functions are option, yes. Look at BASIC, which has no functions, but is 100% a programming language.

State management isn't the exact same thing as having availability to variables. For example, direct memory access could be considered a form of very low level state management, although without the use of variables this would become incredibly complicated. Some languages also abstract away some kinds of state, in ways that aren't available to your program. For example, a basic foreach loop that iterates across an object. Not all languages make the internal pointer mechanisms available via variables (or at all), but there's certainly a state being managed there.

On the flip side, HTML has none of that. It describes content, and that's it. At a basic level, you could compare an HTML document to information stored in memory. Each block of memory (e.g. each HTML node) has a start and end position, and can have pointers to a parent, previous and next sibling, and x number of child nodes. There's nothing beyond basic connections between items, no concept of any programming functionality.

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You seem to have a version of the definition which is yours but it doesn't match the industry definition.

So you claim there is "the industry definition". I wonder how we can get a definition of that kind. Was there an industry wide vote or something? I missed my invitation.

Just to prevent: If you gonna use quote from Wikipedia as proof. This is not an industry wide definition. This is just a definition of website called Wikipedia.

There is no such thing as industry wide definition. There are people who believe in one definition and people who believe in another. For example Professor Brailsford thinks that HTML is declarative programming language

Peter Van Roy has a separate category "Descriptive declarative programming" which includes XML, S-Expressions HTML also would be in that category

That is why I'm asking for a definition. I'm trying to understand your logic. But for some reason you try to prove me wrong instead of explaining what you mean

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Médéric Burlet

He explained plenty what he meant and you ignore half of his text. Even the official definition of HTML which classifies it as a markup language by its own creator was ignored by you 😂

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HTML which classifies it as a markup language

I said it before. There is no proof that markup language can't be a programming language as well. What about Postscript?

Here is another definition of a programming language:

A programming language consists of (1) a syntax, given as a formal grammar; and (2) a semantics


Just to remove this argument about "official definition"

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Médéric Burlet

Why you keep changing the subject we are talking about html and not postscript not brainfuck not javascript.

Waste of time I'm going back to blocking you. If you can't even read a simple rfc which is written by the creator of the languages then clearly you have ko will to learn.

Peace out