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Is HTML Considered a Programming Language?

Is HTML a programming language is one of the most searched queries but tech aspirants who have little to no knowledge regarding the programming and language. They often get confused regarding whether HTML is a programming language that they should opt for. Usually, this question arises in their mind from the start when they have no technical background and have no idea what makes a language programming. Also, they usually learn HTML from school or in their free time so they often think that they have learned the basics of programming with HTML. So let’s discuss HTML and why it isn’t a programming language.

What is HTML?

Even though it isn’t a programming language it is still a great language. At its core function, it is a markup language that helps the browsers to understand the content of the page. It defines the page structure and guides the browser regarding how the data is displayed. The web browser understands the data by reading the HTML. HTML tells things such as paragraphs, Headings, and links. In other words, we can say that HTML is the architect of the webpage that tells the browser about the website structure. Take a look at the following example:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
    <meta charset="UTF-8">
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
    <title>My First Web Page</title>
        body {
            font-family: Arial, sans-serif;
            background-color: #f0f0f0;
            margin: 0;
            padding: 20px;
        h1 {
            color: #333333;
        p {
            color: #666666;
        <h1>Welcome to My First Web Page</h1>
            <li><a href="#">Home</a></li>
            <li><a href="#">About</a></li>
            <li><a href="#">Services</a></li>
            <li><a href="#">Contact</a></li>
            <h2>About Us</h2>
            <p>This is a simple example of a web page created using HTML.</p>
        <p>&copy; 2024 MyFirstWebPage. All rights reserved.</p>

This HTML code defines a basic web page with a header, navigation menu, main content section, and footer. It includes elements such as headings (<h1>, <h2>), paragraphs (<p>), lists (<ul>, <li>), links (<a>), and structural elements (<header>, <nav>, <main>, <section>, <footer>). Additionally, it incorporates some inline CSS styles for basic formatting.

What Does Programming Language Mean?

When we refer to a programming language, we mean a computer language that functions as the helper of a computer to understand the task. This is usually done with the help of the commands. These commands are interpreted into codes that are understood by machines. These programs are created with the programming language. They help in controlling the machine’s behavior and output through predefined algorithms. It would be wrong to say that programming language helps humans to communicate with machines accurately. They are also known as the computer, programming system language, or computer system.

Why HTML Is Not Considered A Programming Language?

As mentioned earlier HTML is a markup language so it doesn’t do any “functions” that define the programming language. HTML language lacks the programming sense or the functions that make the language a programming one. You cannot perform conditional statements with it such as Of/Else.  However, it can’t understand or assess the expressions or understand mathematics and ”cannot carry a task”. With HTML, you cannot write the function as it doesn’t have a clear variable. You cannot manipulate data with it in any way. Also, you cannot produce any input and get any output with HTML. This is all because HTML isn’t a programming language.

So, Should I Consider HTML a Programming Language?

No, not at all. HTML is a completely different but important language compared to any programming language such as C++, JAVA, or Python. It doesn’t have any variables and cannot be used to instruct the machines to perform certain tasks which is why it isn’t a programming language. However, it still doesn’t make it less important. Though the use of HTML is much different than any programming language it is still an awesome language that one can learn.

Harshvardhan Mishra

Hi, I'm Harshvardhan Mishra. Tech enthusiast and IT professional with a B.Tech in IT, PG Diploma in IoT from CDAC, and 6 years of industry experience. Founder of HVM Smart Solutions, blending technology for real-world solutions. As a passionate technical author, I simplify complex concepts for diverse audiences. Let's connect and explore the tech world together! If you want to help support me on my journey, consider sharing my articles, or Buy me a Coffee! Thank you for reading my blog! Happy learning! Linkedin

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