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Is latex considered a programming language?

+7 votes
We have used Latex in multiple math classes. I am curious as to how Latex relates to other programming language, and what Latex is considered exactly.
asked Nov 17, 2015 in (Winter 15-16) by Jenna Jensen (100 points)

2 Answers

+2 votes
In general, I would describe LaTeX as a "markup language" -- much like HTML -- which controls how something is displayed, but it isn't really "programming".  (There actually are some fancy macro-things you can do with LaTeX that probably do count as programming, but that's not typical for most users.)

With programming languages you are writing a computer program (software that can run on the computer), not just creating a document.
answered Nov 19, 2015 by Forrest Stonedahl (100 points)
+1 vote
Yes, I think it is sort of a programming language that allows you to create documents.
answered Nov 18, 2015 by Avash Shrestha (100 points)