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Common Web Design Acronyms

This article explores the standard acronyms used in web
design today and explains what each one means as well as the technology behind
it. It will be a massive help to new starters in the field and could
potentially help more experienced user gain a better grasp of the things they
are working with. The author works as web design nottingham.

The web is full of scary technologies but getting a grip on
the basic ones will make life a lot easier. As with everything that is
connected with computers there are a lot of scary acronyms but we will be
taking a look at a few of them and hopefully giving you a boost to your general

W3C: The W3C are
the World Wide Web Consortium and their goal is to “lead the World Wide Web to
its full potential by developing protocols and guidelines that ensure long-term
growth and stability”.  This basically
means they try their best to make sure internet technologies actually work and
that everyone plays nice out there.

HTML: The most
common acronym you will come across in web design is HTML. It stands for Hyper
Text Markup Language and was created by Tim Berners-Lee in 1989. It is now
overseen W3C.

HTML is essentially a simplifies programming language that
helps computers (or more specifically, browsers) to understand text and what to
do with it.  It uses a standardised set
of “tags” that surround some text to “mark it up” for a certain formatting. An
example would be the tag strong which
defines the surrounded text as important and 
generally emboldens the text.

By combining different sets of tags as well as editing their
attributes you can soon open the door to thousand of possibilities for just
simple text content.

stands for eXtended Hyper Text Markup Language. It is the natural progression
from standard HTML and is a big part of the future for the web. It is part of
the W3C project “The Semantic Web” and is part of an idea to get several new
web technologies understood by browsers and humans and open new doors for what
is possible on the internet.

DHTML: Dynamic
Hyper Text Markup Language is variation on standard HMTL. It involves a
combination of HTML and special scripts (executed on the clients side) to
create interactive effects or animation. DHTML also commonly uses CSS to help
it define styles.

In today’s climate DHTML is most commonly associated with
JavaScript as many client based browsers and OS support it.

CSS: As part of
the evolution of the web HTML and XHTML are no longer truly used to fully
decide the full visual style of a web page, only define its content and how it
fits in to a style. To handle the presentation of a site the W3C worked to help
create CSS or Cascading Style Sheets.

CSS has many advantages including specifying a layout for
all mediums (such as browser, printer and TV) and helps to reduce site loading
time and complex page by allow a single file to control every web page on a

This article may be of use to you in the future so I
recommend you bookmark or print it out just in case you ever thinkComputer Technology Articles, “I wonder
what HTML actually stands for?” I hope it has been of some use and that your
future web developments go smoothly.

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Frank Woodford is an experienced copywriter from Nottingham, England.
He has worked along side many English based companies to generate content for
promotional magazines and websites. He also recommends certain companies for
web design nottinghamshire and enjoys basketball and squash in his spare time.

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