The Standardisation of Markup Languages and its Impact on Reading
Written by Marcel Knöchelmann, December 2015
A text is an “ordered hierarchy of content objects” that reveals most information by combination of its discrete entities as well as by intertextual referencing. With a long history of reading, humans developed skills to master these tasks. The moment of the standardisation of markup languages though, marks an important moment in the history of reading. Markup languages changed the way machines support human reading, which in return changed how humans read. This essay will explore the significance of markup languages in the history of reading by specifying how they changed reading.