Understanding semantics – Tink – Léonie Watson

Understanding semantics
24th of May 2016

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The word “semantic” is regularly used in the context of web development. We talk about “semantic code” and the “semantics” of a given element, but what do we really mean by it, and why is it important?

The word semantic comes from the French sémantique, meaning non-comparable. In English it has three meanings:

  • Of or relating to the meaning of words;
  • Of code intended to reflect structure and meaning;
  • Of petty or trivial details.
  • It is the second definition that is relevant here. Semantic code has both structure and meaning, and both things are equally [...]

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