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What kind of language are the .pov files?
A Markup Lanugage of course (such as HTML etc)
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 35%  [ 5 ]
A Programming Language of course (such as C++ etc)
50%
 50%  [ 7 ]
What the hack is POV-Ray?
14%
 14%  [ 2 ]
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2002 2:09 pm    Post subject: POV-Ray -- markup language or programming language !?! Reply with quote

Hi all,

I recently fall in a discussion about exactly that question. You all know languages like C, C++, Assembler, Pascal, Fortran, Cobol, etc. These are programming languages where you can solve problems using specific (mostly self implemented algorithms) and can interact with the user in any way...

You all know also languages like HTML, CSS, XML, etc. These are markup languages to be used to describe a web site (i.e.) or anything else that can be viewn by your favorite browser...

Now, there is POV-Ray, a raytracing application with its own markup language. This language is used to describe a scence to be raytraced by POV-Ray.
the POV-Ray language (used in its .pov and .inc) files is C-like and you can also define lots of simple objects only differing in some attributes (position, size) by using the #loop token. But it's everything used to describe a scene.
But yes, I said it's a markup language and *not* a programming language, and I believe in, and I told you why.

Am I right? Am I wrong? What do you think? Even if you just vote for anything above, please let me know why you do think in that way...

Regards,
Christian Parpart

p.s.: POVRay homepage http://www.povray.org
pps: a new POVRay is out, version 3.5, please update the portage ;)
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2002 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I only have heard of it but know nothing about it...so voted for the third one...But from what I read I would say it's a programming language which mainly markup use...
But hey, I really know nothing about it :)
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2002 12:02 am    Post subject: What I wanna know Reply with quote

The important question is: Is it Turing complete?
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