The infant daughter of a Sydney-based web developer has just made headlines for her predilection for HTML coding. While most toddlers stick to picture books, 17-month old Mia prefers HTML tags on her iPad: she can even identify the tags she has seen on her mother’s computer screen. Mia is obviously a special case, but it's not that uncommon for people in the dev community to begin coding at an early age. Were you a prodigy too?
For her first birthday, Mia was given HTML For Babies as a joke-gift because of how much her mum liked to code. Surprisingly, the toddler ended up preferring the book to her Snow White and Cinderella picture books.
“She’s not a genius or anything; she’s just exposed to [code] a lot more," Nyo explained in an interview with Business Insider Australia. "She likes to look at what I'm doing and is very interested in websites, because they are always on my screen, but she can't speak yet, so I can't ask her how much she understands.
"She always picks HTML For Babies. It's got img, p and span tags in colourful and different fonts, and she likes pointing at them. Sometimes I sing to her [from the book]: 'Img is for image tags. Bold is to make something look strong.'"
Mia is also a proficient iPad user and has mastered the ability to swipe and tap.
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