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Introduction to DHTML

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Introduction to DHTML

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DHTML is the art of combining HTML, JavaScript, DOM, and CSS.


What you should already know

Before you continue you should have a basic understanding of the following:

  • HTML
  • JavaScript
  • CSS

If you want to study these subjects first, find the tutorials on our Home Page.


DHTML is Not a Language

DHTML stands for Dynamic HTML.

DHTML is NOT a language or a web standard.

DHTML is a TERM used to describe the technologies used to make web pages dynamic and interactive.

To most people DHTML means the combination of HTML, JavaScript, DOM, and CSS.

According to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C):
"Dynamic HTML is a term used by some vendors to describe the combination of HTML, style sheets and scripts that allows documents to be animated."


DHTML Technologies

Below is a listing of DHTML technologies.


HTML 4

The W3C HTML 4 standard has rich support for dynamic content:

  • HTML supports JavaScript
  • HTML supports the Document Object Model (DOM)
  • HTML supports HTML Events
  • HTML supports Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)

DHTML is about using these features to create dynamic and interactive web pages.


JavaScript

JavaScript is the scripting standard for HTML.

DHTML is about using JavaScript to control, access and manipulate HTML elements.

You can read more about this in the next chapter of this tutorial.


HTML DOM

The HTML DOM is the W3C standard Document Object Model for HTML.

The HTML DOM defines a standard set of objects for HTML, and a standard way to access and manipulate them.

DHTML is about using the DOM to access and manipulate HTML elements.

You can read more about this in a later chapter of this tutorial.


HTML Events

The W3C HTML Event Model is a part of the HTML DOM.

It defines a standard way to handle HTML events.

DHTML is about creating web pages that reacts to (user)events.

You can read more about this in a later chapter of this tutorial.


CSS

CSS is the W3C standard style and layout model for HTML.

CSS allows web developers to control the style and layout of web pages.

HTML 4 allows dynamic changes to CSS.

DHTML is about using JavaScript and DOM to change the style and positioning of HTML elements.

You can read more about this in a later chapter of this tutorial.


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