May 7th, 2021

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Saw a blog article the other day that enraged the editor in me. The author compiled a list of some lesser known html tags and attributes — which is all well and good; it's quite informative — but must have felt some ceremony was in order, because he prefaced his list with a paragraph that asks "what is html".

What compelled the author to add that paragraph is an interesting psychological question that's still bugging me. The contrast between the assumed knowledge of the target audience for this paragraph, who needs to be told what html is, and the target audience for the subsequent list, who must have done html long enough to appreciate the arcana revealed in it, is among the starkest I've ever seen in blog posts, which naturally teem with the detritus of unnecessary passages, although rarely with ones as superfluous.