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Web Design Glossary D

written by: Robin L.•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 12/27/2008

For those new to web design the terms used in the field can be a bit confusing. This section of the series will help you familiarize yourself with common terms beginning with the letter D.

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    DBMS [dee bee em ehs]

    DBMS is an acronym for database management system. This describes software that can be used to create and maintain an electronic database. A DBMS is helpful in the storage, maintenance, and retrieval of data for users.

    Directory [die-rek-tuh-ree]

    When used in regards to web design, the term refers to a grouping of websites that are typically divided by category. The directories are often searchable from within a website but directory listings are not always searchable by a browser search engine.

    Dithering [dith-er-ing]

    When used in regards to web design, dithering refers to a process by which computer programs simulate a targeted color. This is useful when the desired color cannot be used in the design of a web page.

    DNS [dee en ess]

    DNS is an acronym for Domain Name Server. This program automatically converts a domain name into the proper IP address allowing users to easily access websites.

    Domain [doh-meyn]

    A domain is a specific internet location that is assigned to a specific company or individual. Each location is given a unique domain name and IP address.

    Domain Name [doh-meyn neym]

    The text name given to a website.

    Download [doun-lohd]

    Download is a term used to describe the process of transferring information from a website server to an individual computer. Information available for download includes web pages, programs, and email attachments.

    DPI [dee pee I]

    DPI is an acronym for Dots Per Inch. DPI refers to a computer monitor’s resolution setting and describes the number of colored dots that can fit within a one inch square.

    DSL [dee ess ell]

    DSL is an acronym for Digital Subscriber Line. This is an internet connection method typically offered by phone providers on a phone line capable of high bandwidth transfers. This service offers users a faster connection speed making web browsing quicker.

    DTD [dee tee dee]

    DTD is an acronym for Document Type Definition. This provides a listing of items including comments, notes, elements and attributes as well as their relationship to each other.

Web Design Glossary

A series of glossary terms to help those new to web design become more familiar with commonly used terms.
  1. Web Design Glossary A-B
  2. Web Design Glossary C
  3. Web Design Glossary D
  4. Web Design Glossary E
  5. Web Design Glossary F-G