It’s worthwhile to revisit the necessary distinction between “programming” and “coding”, as the two are constantly, erroneously conflated in discussions among the general public – and even among technical professionals.
There’s a difference between Application Programming and Information Coding.
Information Coding … applies meaning
Application Programming … makes things happen
The DaVinci Code
The DaVinci Program
I know a bunch of fine application programmers who shouldn’t be let anywhere near information code (like HTML, CSS, or semantic tagging).
Programmers and non-tech managers had made individual, opportunistic, slapdash changes … but without any appreciation for clarity, consistency – or a sense of larger implications.
This SharePoint site had grown to 60 template files, 96 WebPart files, and more than 2600 CSS tags.
The pages themselves looked okay on the surface, but the content within them and the connections among them had become unmanageable.
The environment had become a Tower of Babel
The Result of the Code Cleanup
Hey, it’s an important job (the coding of HTML, CSS, semantic tags, etc.). And somebody‘s gotta do it.
No offense to my good friends the Programmers, but many of them don’t know how to “code” information, in the sense of content management, semantics, tags, information architecture, or page self-awareness.
Nope. In terms of practical skills, discipline, and job description – That’s the realm of … information architecture and UX.
Net/Net: Programming is what developers do. Coding is what we UX-er’s do.