Discussion on: Are CSS and HTML programming languages?

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Bryan Winter

Technically, they are.

But this is more a question of human language than a technical question. If your only skill is HTML, you can't call yourself a programmer in a human setting talking to other humans without other humans thinking that your a liar. Likewise many designers know only only HTML and CSS, and while they are often quite bright people doing extremely valuable work , they don't consider themselves programmers, or what they are doing programming.

This is less about gate-keeping, and more about how technical and human idioms don't map exactly on each other.