Do we answer HTML questions here, or refer them to http://webmasters.stackexchange.com?

I am not talking about web programming questions... but questions about strictly HTML and CSS. To me, clear-cut presentation layer questions belong on http://webmasters.stackexchange.com.

An example: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/4287130/html-select-box-does-not-scale-in-ie

Is that proper SO material, or should it be moved?

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Stack Overflow or DocType is the best place for those type of questions. Webmasters does not deal with code; rather, it focuses on more general concepts like SEO.

  • Interesting. I didn't even know about DocType. It seems very different and disconnected from the other SE sites. I am assuming these types of questions on Webmasters be directed to DocType then? Seems odd that we have two places for them. Why not direct all HTML/CSS only questions to DocType?
    – Brad
    Commented Nov 26, 2010 at 17:22
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    DocType is not actually a SE site; it is rather an affiliated site. The SE site for HTML is Stack Overflow. @Brad
    – waiwai933
    Commented Nov 26, 2010 at 17:23
  • thanks, this answers my question! And here, I thought Pekka had gone crazy. :-) Sorry Pekka!
    – Brad
    Commented Nov 26, 2010 at 17:25
  • @Brad no problem. I think technically, you're right, HTML and CSS don't really belong. But they've been there since the start, and I imagine they generate a huge portion of the site's traffic.
    – Pekka
    Commented Nov 26, 2010 at 17:30

I move that with 28,500 questions, this falls under the "Grandfather with a twenty foot beard" clause. :)


It depends if you define HTML+CSS as code.

Since today's web is so JavaScript centric through and through, I am inclined to rule that it's close enough.

  • The term "HTML code" and "CSS code" have been around since these "languages" themselves. HTML - hypertext markup language as we know. Language => Code (in programming context). And CSS is imo just abstracting out some portions of HTML and making them more modular.
    – JP19
    Commented Nov 27, 2010 at 5:57

I guess with all programming, there's what the code does, and how it does it. A question about a particle simulation program is programming if it's about how the code works, and it's physics if it's about what the code does. A question about a website is webmasters if it's about website logic and design, and it's stackoverflow if it's about syntax and semantics of HTML and CSS.

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