Re: Dynamic HTML -- a definition

Subject: Re: Dynamic HTML -- a definition
From: David Blyth <dblyth -at- QUALCOMM -dot- COM>
Date: Sat, 7 Dec 1996 14:46:38 -0700

Hi All;

>>Could you please tell me in plain, simple terms what Dynamic HTML is?

>It is HTML that has been tailored according to a user's response on a form,
>information stored in a database, etc.

Maybe it's just me, but it's the document that's dynamic, not the HTML.
The generated document dynamically changes depending on user responses
inside a form. The HTML form itself isn't modified and neither is the
HTML inside the database.

To me:

o the original HTML form was "human-generated". A human directly wrote
the HTML,
with or without the assistance of a DTP.

o the HTML response from the CGI script is "program-generated". That is,
the HTML was directly created by a computer program (and indirectly
by the software engineer)

o users interact with a CGI script via an HTML interface in order to create
a dynamically changing document.

I'm not trying to nitpick here. It's just that IMHO, it's important to realize
that it's the document that's changing, not the HTML. This makes a difference
when we're trying to explain things to the user.

The user doesn't see HTML. The user sees a document.

David (The Man) Blyth
Technical Writer & Web Site Designer

The usual disclaimers apply - QUALCOMM isn't that crazy.

Blodo Poa Maximus

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