When I started working at the Mail & Guardian, its website  was the first news site in Africa and I had to learn to code HTML. Hypertext markup language is the glue that holds the internet together — and makes those underlined blue links click through to another page. 

It was 1998, when internet publishing was in its infancy and things such as content management systems for creating a database of stories and publishing them automatically were still in the future. WordPress, the most widely used publishing system, was still years away...

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