What is DHTML?
"DHTML is the combination of several built-in browser features in fourth generation browsers that enable a web page to be more dynamic."
document.write("This is text created on the fly!")
"Not bad," I remember saying to myself. But what if I wanted to create content not only on the fly, but on demand? Naive I was then, I tried doing just that, by nesting the above code in a function, and calling it via a form button:
<input type="button" onClick="writeconent()" value="text">
Pressing the button was nothing short of a big disappointment. My entire web page was erased, and I was left with only the text the function produced.
That was back then. Now, with the introduction of DHTML, I can alter content on a web page on demand, whenever I feel like it, without having the browser erase everything else. That's what DHTML is all about. The ability of the browser to change look and style even after the document has loaded.
Now that I've got you all excited, I think it's only fair that I put a damper on it. The technology of DHTML is currently at its development stage, with NS 4 and IE 4 differing quite greatly in their implementation of this great technology. Its currently not possible to write one DHTML code and expect it to function in both browsers properly. Furthermore, the two browsers are at different stages in their development of DHTML; from my own knowledge and what I've heard, DHTML in IE 4 is far more powerful and versatile than NS 4's. I don't want to help spread any propaganda, so I'll leave it at that.
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