Is "markup" a noun or a verb? Do you "markup data" or "wrap data in tags"?
Consider this data:
Here I did "something" to the data:
Which is preferred way of expressing what I did to the data:
- I marked up the data.
- I wrapped the data in tags.
- I wrapped the data in a start-tag/end-tag pair.
- I wrapped the data in markup.
- I embedded the data in markup.
- I enclosed the data in markup.
- I tagged the data.
"Markup" is a Noun, "Mark up" is a Verb
In the example above, I applied markup to the data. "markup" is a noun. Markup is applied to text (or other source material) to indicate how it is to be handled (e.g., formatted, processed, analyzed). Here is the markup that was applied to the data: <camera> and </camera>
In the example above, I did something to the data: I marked up the data. "mark up" is a verb. "mark up" identifies the process of adding markup to text.
Recap: Markup is a noun. Mark up (with space) is a verb.
It is not correct to use markup as a verb. Thus, this is not correct: I am going to markup the data.
Of the above choices, most people preferred the first and last expressions: I marked up the data or I tagged the data. The former tends to be preferred by markup professionals, while the latter tends to be preferred as the popular culture expression.
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Last Updated: January 3, 2017