Uncreative Design

Assignment 3: Syntax Sans Syntax

Syntax highlighting (a feature of text editors that displays source code in different colors according to a set of rules) is a form of secondary syntactical notation. Since the highlights are not required by the code and do not impact the code’s meaning, they serve to reinforce it; but what happens when you strip away the code’s primary notation, leaving only its secondary notation? The form remains the same, yet the semantics of the code change drastically. No longer is it a set of computational instructions, but instead becomes a vibrant visual poem, complete with rhythmic stanzas. Although it remains visually similar to the original, the code takes on a different meaning.

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