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Discussion on: Are CSS and HTML programming languages?

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MN Mark

No, HTML is still not a programming language.

This is not about gatekeeping or denying any HTML developers membership into some special club of programmers. Different is not more or less.

If there were someone that really only worked in HTML, I would consider them a designer, developer, writer, or some other term that describes what they actually do with the HTML they're writing.

CSS might be a different case as it can define operations on data. HTML is defining data only.

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Desi Author

I think in the case of the original tweet it is gatekeep-y - in making fun of someone for being "only" an HTML/CSS coder, or telling them that they aren't a programmer, they might be driven out and not continue on to learn a "real" programming language.

This happens more to women than men so maybe we just see it more and are more aware that it happens.

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MN Mark

Yes, the tweet did have that tone to it. No doubt people use the "HTML is not a programming language" stance to belittle others. Which is ridiculous and unacceptable. I just don't think it needs to be called "programming language" to be considered useful and a worthy skill.

"Programming" is really a specific area of Software Development.