DHTML

With the rapid change in the technology world complexity in programming or coding has increased. The main aim of increasing the complexity is to lead to easier, more user friendly technological environments.

With the above goal in mind, The Dynamic Hypertext Mark up Language (DHTML) was introduced. Originally it was based on Microsoft internet explorer 4.0. It actually not an exclusive programming language per se; but rather it is an art. Various features are represented using this model as designers embed features to create a harmonious appeal. It is sourced from the art of combining Hypertext Mark Up Language (HTML) and JavaScript. With this, it is possible therefore to develop visually appealing websites while reducing the control of other external program or softwares.

DHTML brings together technologies for instance so as to improve a document’s In-memory. When this is done, animations can be embedded in a document. This is realized for instance when a feature is predetermined to execute for a given amount of time then hide itself automatically after the time elapses. Creation of Animated Text and images or graphics is another application of DHTML. Determination of their independence in execution, automating the refresh rate so as to renew or update the contents is done in DHTML. In earlier day’s programming this was more of a dream yet today, it is possible with DHTML.

The realization of this technology was not by accident as there are various aspects which lead to its existence. For instance the use of Hypertext Mark Up Language (HTML), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and script leading to realization of the Document Object Model (DOM). The ability to retain the elements in a document while changing its appearance and formatting the elements through Dynamic Styles (DS) and Dynamic Content (DC) serves to sustain the animation effects of DHTML.

Placing an element on a web page, relative to another element and synchronizing their functioning to eliminate conflict is another main issue. This is done by application of Positioning and Animation. This implies that designing coordinates, harmonizing stacking using for instance an index, effecting overlapping features among others is normally done in DHTML. Various approaches are normally used so as to achieve an appealing output. Positioning using the cascading style sheets, whereby the appropriate attributes of an element are pre set to achieve a particular output. For example setting attributes of an image to appear in the top left corner of a document is positioning. Filtering and creation of transitions leads to the possibility of applying a visual element without script. This means that the architecture of internet explorer for instance is extensible thus easy to use and reduce costs.

For all the features to be well experienced, a user requires to have a browser that supports DHTML. In cases where users do not have fully DHTML enabled browsers, features such as Degrading Gracefully are enabled to resolve and support such users.

Developing different projects over the years our outsource software development team used DHTML in so many of them, for example: Social Web Portal, Music Production Library, File and Document Storage System, Online Real Estate Marketplace and others.