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Web Languages: Decoded

It is known that language is universal transcending culture as well as scientific technology. Web language is peculiar in itself. The following pages of this document are expected to articulate web languages in such a way to provide distinct features for which it can be decoded. This decoding embraces underlining the various languages available to the designer and projecting where they can most appropriately be used.

Too many cooks

Too many cooks, is a colloquial expression denoting an input of too many strategies or strategists. Usually, they spoil the design because often time is not spent in collaborating ideas neither energies. In today’s world of web technology diversity is a well known implication in the interaction between web designer and user.
As such, the ever increasing range of formats available for designing content has complicated interpretation as well as the language portrayal. This along with the way browsers support modern standards have added to the too many cooks spoil the broth syndrome as it relates to web language decoding.

The confusion often occurs when deciding which language to speak. They range from HTML to XHTML,RSS to  Atom, PHP to ASP.NET; SVG to VML; Java Script to VBS. It becomes a tower of Babel experience leading to an infusion of confused misunderstanding.
It is important to note therefore, that all these expressions combine to create web design vocabulary. Web designing experts have posited that it is time that inventors in the industry teach each other their language to improve communication on the web. What is meant by HTML, XHTML, RSS, Atom, PHP, ASP.NET, SVG, VML, Java Script and VBS. Sure enough many professionals not know much more a novice.

What Web Language should be learnt?

One may argue that this is a matter of preference. However, preference is relative. Therefore, there must be an agreement as to what is best for the industry, generally. The factors which ought to be considered include the nature of the web site. What message does the designer want to send to the public through visitors? What are the categories of options available and how relevant are they to the outcome?

An added advantage of this language culture to which many designers seek refuge is accessing the documentation of each language. This helps a great deal. Further, each explains its purpose as it relates to the existing layers on a web page.

Language Layers

Layers in web technology are recognized as structural mark-up such as HTML (Style Sheet); (CSS)-Client Style Scripting; JavaScript and side by side scripting server (PHP). It is very heartening to realize that should an attempt be made to account for every variant some 15 layers could exist.
Each layer denotes is a different language. However, it makes no sense trying to learn 15 computer web based languages. It is always better to learn the language of the layer intended to the used for that particular design.

These layers include markup language, syndication, Meta data format; Style Sheet/format; client side scripting; server site scripting; storage data base; sandbox application; server side configuration; rich internet application; vector modeling; post script format; Data format and Document schema.

4 Responses to “Web Languages: Decoded”
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