HTML outside the box

Posted on March 11, 2011


HTML, Javascript, Flash and something called Ajax work together to produce the websites we browse every day, learning them can be a frustrating experience.

I have recently been finding out that acquiring knowledge of how they work is pretty difficult, and is very similar to learning new languages.

It requires you to immerse yourself into their cultures several times over, as if it were a new continent for each one –

then you need to stop warring factions from fighting each other, instead to work together.

Previously I had never had the time nor the will to take any interest in learning these mechanics – it looked either tediously repetitive to enter code by hand, or the software did not seem user-friendly.

Having delved head-first into a new course this year, my previous expectations have been blown away.


New programs such as the Adobe suite CS5 are much more accessible, with a little help from friends and several handbooks!

Apart from learning new coding languages and designing skills, there has been one other unexpected side effect from this new exposure.

Spending a lot of time staring at a computer screen, sharing frustrations with incalculable problems with corrupting code, crashing computers and ‘implied line‘ alignment, has led to the birth of a new spoken language, and a suspicion that – by my own judgement – I may be becoming a geek.

HTML as insults… obviously

That is to say that coding terms such as <div> tags (a tag is the name of an html function, and a div is one that decides where things appear on the page) began as an insult thrown about in an ironic way

“You are such a div tag!”

But have fast become quite a normal part of everyday syntax.

This particular example is used when you believe someone is acting in a foolish way. Another can be used more aggressively.

“I’m going to anchor tag you in a minute!”

Too far?

Take that one as you will. There are countless new examples springing up day by day as we learn more about it.

A new favourite, having learned some Flash techniques is versions of the script: ‘Go to and play’

It may be childish, but this sort of thing has kept me amused and prevented me from smashing a University owned £2000 iMac into pieces.

Pretty sure that’s a good thing.

Posted in: The Odd Box