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Web Design Glossary X-Z

written by: Robin L.•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 2/10/2009

The web design glossary is intended to help those new to the field of web design and development. This final portion of the glossary focuses on words beginning with the letters X, Y, and Z.

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    XHTML [ex eych tee em ell]

    XHTML is an acronym for Extensible Hypertext Markup Language and is sometimes known as HTML 4.0. It is very similar to HTML, however, it is able to comply with XML syntax rules.

    XML [ex em ell]

    XML is an acronym for Extensible Markup Language. It allows for the creation of customized markup languages. It is typically used for web documents.

    XML Document [ex em ell dok yoo muhnt]

    An XML document is a document written with XML.

    XSL [ex ess ell]

    XSL is an acronym for Extensible Style Language. This language is made up of three parts. XSLT, or extensible stylesheet language transformations, allow the user to change the structure and format of a markup following specific rules. XSL-FO, or extensible stylesheet language formatting objects is used to create a format that can be reliably printed. XPath ensures the elements selected conform to XSLT rules.

    XQuery [ex kweer ee]

    XQuery describes the rules used in obtaining information from documents created using XML.

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    Zip [zip]

    When used in regards to web design or development, the term zip or zipped refers to the process of compressing a file in the Windows operating system.

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    This concludes the Web Design Glossary series. While these are the most up to date terms currently, words and phrases used in the field of web design and development are constantly changing as new products and services become available. As with any field in the technology industry, changes can be very quick. The Web Development team will update the glossary regularly to keep readers abreast of the latest terms, phrases, and acronyms. If you notice any that are not on the list that you would like more information about please feel free to send me a message and I will update the appropriate section.