Is HTML really in the eyes of the beholder ? Well... a long time ago... at least for ME it was.
I recently wrote a post about making Spelling Errors while writing a blog post. During that post, and in some of the comments... some folks wrote about their "favorite" non-favorite spelling errors.
You know... the ones that irked them the most. Like its and it's. Or advice and advise. Or sight and site. Or your and you're.
These examples brought back a memory to me... one from a very long time ago. Well... in "online" terms... it was "very long" ago.
It was back in the days of America Online. Good Old AOL.
I had just started playing with AOL. I chose my first email address... and started getting email for the first time.
So... slowly but surely... the emails started coming.
But... way back when... way back then... all of the titles of the emails, or in all of the email addresses of those who were sending me emails... the four letters HTML appeared. It's been so long ago, that I don't remember in what context the letters HTML appeared... but there they were... those four letters... HTML.
Well... I decided that nobody's gonna put one over on THIS girl ! Nobody's gonna fool ME. So... with me getting all this HTML email... I absolutely REFUSED to open ANY of them. I just let them sit.
The unread emails piled up. All of these HTML emails just sat there... the pile of them growing day by day. But no... not me... I am NOT gonna open these hateful things.
The problem was... that I had no clue what HTML meant... and I just assumed that everyone was sending me HATE MAIL.
Why would they DO this to me ? I'm just a Nice Catholic Girl from Cleveland. I'm a nice person. Why am I getting all this "hate mail?"
I finally asked someone on AOL about it. I wanted to see if if it was just ME... or if "they" were getting lots of "hate mail" as well.
It was only then... that I learned that HTML did not stand for "hate mail"... but for Hyper Text Markup Language.
I mean... yow... did I feel like a dummie... or what ? <dummie smile>
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