A computer language that consists of easily understood keywords, names, or tags that help format the overall view of a page and the data it contains. Some examples of a markup language are BBC, HTML, SGML, and XML.
Markup language example
Below is an example segment of HTML code that creates bold text on a web page.
Example of <b>bold</b> in HTML.
Example of bold in HTML.
Markup language vs. programming language
A markup language is not a programming language it is a series of keywords, names, and tags that are used to help present information. A programming language cannot only present information, but also accept and load new data, manipulate the data, and control how the information is presented.
A good example of how markup language is used is the HTML that is used to display the text on this web page. However, to do something more sophisticated, such as a search for keywords on this page and other pages, a programming language would have to be used.