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  • 15 years old and before

    40 40.40%
  • 15 - 20

    26 26.26%
  • 20 - 25

    12 12.12%
  • 25 - 30

    7 7.07%
  • 30 - 35

    5 5.05%
  • 35 - 40

    2 2.02%
  • 40 - 45

    2 2.02%
  • 45 - 50

    4 4.04%
  • 50 years old and more

    1 1.01%
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    How old were you when you first started programming HTML?

    How old were you when you first started programming HTML?
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    I was about 9 or so. I remember when I got my first HTML book (HTML for Dummies).

    I also wanted to get a Javascript book, but I didn't know whether it was "Java" or "Javascript" at the time. Someone apparently figured out I had that problem and said "You probably want the Javascript one."

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    I was 15. Before that there was no such thing as HTML

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    I was 14. Here's my very first full web page:

    http://www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/Castle/6528/

    Gosh, those good ole' days of geocities accounts!!
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    I was 17, i've only been doing it 3 years!

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    God, I'm getting that 'OLD' feeling again!

    I'm 34 now and started with HTML when I was, er.....let me think....um.....yeah.....34
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    I was about 14, back in '94 when life was simple.
    Maybe you remember those obsessions with various gaming groups, etc. that you felt you had to have a website for. I ditched any games a few years back, time disappeared far too quickly and I always found myself sleeping only a few hours. Not that I get anymore sleep doing this stuff, but at least it's productive.
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    I was 17 when I started, just a few years.

    ..and it was indeed a page hosted by geocities.

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    I was about 11 or 12. I'm 14 now, and I've definitely gotten better. I still have so much to learn though!

    My first site was: http://www.angelfire.com/va/music29/index.html

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    Early thirties, about 6 years ago. Coming from a programming background I found HTML to be extreamly easy. I only do this for a hobby so I am not out trying to design webpages for everyone. I enjoy the design side over the coding side right now. Right now playing with php so I am back into programming

    And if I get one kid that says "that anyone in this business can be too old. Let me remind you that most of the people coming up with ideas like HTML in the first place were in their thirties to fourties. And I am sure there are more then a few retired programmers that are HTML design gurus out there. Probably in their fifties or sixties or older. IE Age is a state of mind and it is not a factor in design!!!

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    7 years ago at the age of 14, there was NO documentation online (there was hardly an "online") and it was really hard to figure out (no programming background).
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    Studiococo - been there, done that!

    The only HTML guide I remember was the Yale style guide on yahoo. that was it.

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    Maybe the question should not be ...how old were you...but...how long have you been doing it!

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    I wasn't going to vote here, but I had to just so that there'd be someone in the 45-50 section.
    First page was sometime in the second half of the 90's..not sure what year, when I did a site on..yes, geocities, for a band my son had joined. Now he's running his own band and I'm running a regular site for it, and quite a few others. I get paid work from time to time, but I like this too much to want to ruin it by trying to make a living from it.

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    I confess, I used the free hosts.. And they've erased all of my old sites (i've searched long and hard). No relics of the past.. I only used them because I did not have a credit card at the time and I wasn't the type to ask to use someone elses, though I had to for the internet service! I used Cybercities, Angelfire, Crosswinds and a bunch of others. But hey, it was a start (sorta).
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    It was a good start then. A good place to learn about it. I'm not so sure about now, though. Seems like it wouldn't be worth it, the way things are working now. I do still have one free site left on Worldzone, though, and space on f2s, although I'm not doing anything with it.

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    When I was 10 or 11 (16 now). I didn't learn it because I was interested in building websites, though - it was part of a summer school class that I had. Today I teach HTML in the same classroom that I learned it in, alongside my instructor.

    Shame that he doesn't know it well. This year he wants to not teach the language and instead teach Netscape Composer.

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    Wah!

    I was so surprised to find so many of you here have started html programming so young!!!

    I'm 17 and just started learning html just 1 yr ago. I thought most of you here were adults, you know sth like 30.. I was like to know a number of you are about my age!

    Now I'd take html seriously, because before when I got stuck, I'd thought to myself: it's ok, I'm still young for learning html.. blah blah.. But now, I'm gonna work real hard! I feel so left behind!

    Ja!

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    I started learning HTML at around 16 but I didn't know anything until a little while ago. When I found out people can make a living of off these things I got more into it. It's been not even a year then since I've fully learned HTML. So I guess my answer is 19.

    This seems to be the waning trend in Web Design. HTML is so easy to learn and so availible to learn that most "kids" (I use the term very lightly... kids....) that were online during its explosion picked it up to make sites for gaming groups, and other things. That's my theory.

    Now the age gap is starting to thin out. In the HTML course that I "took" last semester

    <short explanation> I never went to the class, just designed the site that will teach the class online next semester at our school for credit </end short explanation>

    most of my "classmates" were almost all over 30!

    Anyway I'm very ready for when the adults take back the web instead of us punk kids doing stuff all the time.

    Take note young punks! Watch out! The middle aged men who's jobs we stole might be coming back looking for them.


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    I'm 18 and started learning HTML when I was 12 or 13. I did find my first website, although it is several versions ahead of the initial version, which was unfortunately overwritten. The frameset was deleted and replaced with a redirector to my newer site, so you have to view the frames separately: http://www.geocities.com/TimesSquare...4092/left.html

    Also, HTML is definitely not programming, it's just basic markup of text.

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    hmmm...I started about 3 years ago (12-13) 16 now...the funny thing was I started because I wanted to try this online game and you were going to need your own website for it, hehehe, never got around to the game though, but I have had fun since
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    I was probably around 13 when I began the basics, but didn't know it til I was at, or near 14 (not sure which).

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    I was 17, I am now 24.

    No free servers for me!!!!

    I started with the free program Hypertext Builder 2.

    I is a neat program that you work with the raw code but you have menus you can use to insert different tags. Helped me pick up HTML in no time flat.
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    i was 10, so a little more than 5 years
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