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Subject:Re: Dynamic HTML -- a definition From:David Blyth <dblyth -at- QUALCOMM -dot- COM> Date:Sat, 7 Dec 1996 14:46:38 -0700
>>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.
o the original HTML form was "human-generated". A human directly wrote
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.