a lost language

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Remember html? That archaic language we once used create webpages? The language that was critical for a quick edit, before GUI* interface was an option? Of course you do.

I find myself using html every so often when updating my blog. Usually to add a quick paragraph break or some small formatting change, like italicizing or bolding. It’s been years since I’ve really needed it, though, and it makes me a little sad. While it’s nice that the barrier to entry isn’t as high, a basic knowledge of html was a rite of passage to the land of the web.

I remember designing a webpage from scratch during college, for a class assignment, and ditching Front Page’s GUI interface entirely when it gave me issues. Instead, I worked in the “html” tab, as it was just easier to code in what I wanted directly, rather than to trying to figure out how to force it through the less than intuitive GUI. I guess it was uncommon for a female accounting student to take that approach, as it surprised my instructor. Similar to the reaction I got when I told someone I changed my own oil, something I was also well versed in during my poorer days of college. Or mentioned that I drove a vehicle with a manual transmission. I liked pushing the mold, surprising people with unexpected outcomes. Changing stereotypes.

Until recently, when blogging became more mainstream and easier to accomplish (no knowledge of html needed), people were often surprised to learn I had a website and blog. And that I’d reformatted my computer myself. And installed the latest hardware upgrade on my CD-R drive. The biggest shock usually came from men, especially the engineering type, Ben being one of those individuals. The first night I met Ben, he was incredibly surprised to learn that I had written programs in binary language, let alone that I even knew what that was. When I met Ben seven years ago, it was such a novel thing that I was referred to “the girl with the blog”. It wasn’t common place yet. It wasn’t the norm. But, why shouldn’t have been? I was proud to be a trail blazer.

Times have changed, and for the better. You don’t have to be a computer programmer to put a webpage up. Still, I can’t help but feel like something’s been lost in the transition. Clicking a button to get the desired output and never really knowing what happens behind the scenes. Just knowing it works.

This post probably seems a bit hypocritical following my call this week to my blogging friends. It’s mostly coincidental though. Both drafts were in the queue, ready to go, so that’s what went up.

*GUI – graphical user interface. Basically pictures and buttons that shortcut the standard and most common operations in a program.

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2 Responses to “a lost language”


  1. 1 Ben January 5, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    1’s and 0’s, oh baby. ;)


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Mom to "C", wife to Ben. I'm a part-time blogger, cook, organizer, seamstress, house cleaner, taxi, nurse (the mom kind), accountant... I could go on, but really... it's all in the blog. Read away!

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