The big green ball bounces when I drop it.
That sentence may sound completely random, and it is, but it’s also a pretty accurate analogy of how basic web languages work together to create even the most complicated of sites. like in the english language, each part of this sentence can be defined individually.
To Mrs. Jeppson, my 7th grade English teacher, the ball would be a noun. Here we could call it HTML. HyperText Markup Language was created as a skeleton for websites; a way to organize the textual content. This of what a website would have looked like in 1993. It would be similar to a very blank magazine article. Images could be included between the paragraphs of text (sometimes bolder or italicized). No background images, textures, or even colored letters. The ball just exists, without any description at all. Every website would look the same, aside from the actual content.
It is Big and Green
In the mid 90’s, early tech adopters grew tired of unstyled text documents, and grew hungry for change. Along comes CSS. Cascading style sheets allow for adjectives to be applied to our ball. We can make our text bigger, add color to backgrounds, position HTML elements where we want them on the page, the possibilities are virtually endless now!!
By doing nothing more than changing a few lines of CSS, a website can go from a big green ball to a small, slimy, polka dotted sphere. For examples of how drastically a new style sheet can change a website, check out CSS Zen Gardens.
It Bounces, but only when I drop it
Websites of the 90’s were great. You could put your content out there just like anyone else, but eventually a question came up in everyone’s minds: What can this website actually DO?? Well, nothing really. Once you loaded the page, the content was loaded and that was it. You could click on hyper links to take you to another page, but nothing exciting.
The Big Green Ball Bounces when I drop it.