Not everyone knows what the letters HTML stand for, or the exact definition of Hyper-Text Markup Language. But one would think that most people know it has something to do with computers or some kind of techy stuff in general. One would be wrong.
A recent study found that many Americans are lost when it comes to tech-related terms, with 11% saying that they thought HTML — a language that is used to create websites — was a sexually transmitted disease.
I wouldn't put it past Michele Bachmann to warn those 11% against getting inoculated against HTML. Memo to everyone: Never listen to Michele Bachmann.
Here's a handy dandy definition that should give the 11% in question some relief should they ever find themselves exposed to an abundance of HTML:
Stands for "Hyper-Text Markup Language." This is the language that Web pages are written in. Also known as hypertext documents, Web pages must conform to the rules of HTML in order to be displayed correctly in a Web browser. The HTML syntax is based on a list of tags that describe the page's format and what is displayed on the Web page.
It gets worse. Not possible, you say? Confusing HTML with HPV was crazy preposterous enough, you say? Read it and weep:
- 27% identified "gigabyte" as an insect commonly found in South America. A gigabyte is a measurement unit for the storage capacity of an electronic device.
- 42% said they believed a "motherboard" was "the deck of a cruise ship." A motherboard is usually a circuit board that holds many of the key components of a computer.
- 15% said they believed "software" is comfortable clothing. Software is a general term for computer programs.
Imagine what they think a "swap file" is. (Hint: It has nothing to do with open marriage.)
Now if you'll excuse me, I need to get back to work. I'm writing up a piece on RAM Emanuel, and I'm running way behind schedule.