Importance of Markup Languages

I realised that before doing a post on the list of markup languages I should discuss (even if just very briefly) the importance of markup languages.

As mentioned in the previous post “a markup language is an artificial language using a set of annotations to text that describe how text is to be structured, laid out, or formatted.” From the very definition we can already find the importance of markup languages.

Before computers came markup languages were used by editors and publishers. To them a common markup language was very important (and still is) in order to make collaboration possible. Of course collaboration is still possible without a markup language but imagine the hassle of writing very detailed instructions when trying to describe how each and every publication should be layed out, not to mention what to do in case of revisions. Having a markup language where technical terms that can be readily understood by people in the industry made communication more efficient.

Now this is also true for web designers by using a common markup language such as HTML, XML, etc. it makes it possible for us to create web pages that can be understood not only by other web designers but also by most web browsers and whatever other applications that may need to read the contents of the websites we make.

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