I should have gone into linguistics. Its more fun. The beauty and expression of type and language is boundless. Visual art forms are many times limited in the breadth of what they can express. They deal almost exclusively with the emotional realm. It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, yet I think it would be more precise to say that a picture is sometimes worth a thousand words. What graphic can express as clearly so much as the written word? And neither type nor language are devoid of artistic expression, thus being equipped to express not only the thoughts but the emotions of the author. Language is indeed rich in nuance, and abounding in form.
I think the reason the web has become so attractive to me is because of its rich potential for communication. Programming languages, like other linguistic forms, allow us to communicate, albiet with a very specific audience, and it is for that reason that I enjoy it I think. The funny thing is, that growing up, I really disliked learning foreign languages. Perhaps it was because I did not try to learn the right language first, or perhaps it was simply because I was a child and I didn’t like the work. *grin*