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Understanding DHTML Advantages in Web Design

written by: Sheila Robinson•edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 5/28/2010

Do you want to produce web content faster and more efficiently? You may have wondered what is DHTML is about. Learn about the advantages of DHTML techniques and how it can improve web design performance for your client's websites.

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    What is DHTML?

    DHTML (Dynamic HTML) is not a programming or markup language like HTML. It is a term that is used to describe the creation of dynamic and interactive pages. One of the advantages of DHTML for web design and clients is that it can combine the use of HTML, JavaScript, XML and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). Dynamic web pages/websites separate the content (text) from the logic (interactive functions, look and feel etc.). Dynamic content is stored in a database that is connected to the website.

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    Why use DHTML?

    Web design Static HTML pages are limited. Any changes have to be directly manipulated within each page and will have no server side interaction. Although HTML pages are easier to develop and inexpensive to produce, they can become more costly to maintain as the website’s size increases.

    What is DHTML used for? Alternatively, dynamic websites (DHTML) are easier to manage and maintain content. However, they have a higher inital cost than static HTML websites. If a business is considering changing their HTML site to DHTML, they must also consider the time involved to properly train their staff (or hire more experienced IT personnel) since creating the pages in this manner are more involving to create.

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    Advantages of DHTML in Web Design

    XML DHTML is more efficient for content management purposes. By using the more dynamic XML to create pages, you will be able to import high volumes of text and other information (with the use of templates) without spending time coding pages individually. The result of this saves web designers time because there are less files to maintain. XML has a lot of compatibility and can work with other Internet capable devices such as cell phones and PDAs. It is also works well in other formats including PDF, plain text, and multiple Internet browsers. Clients like this type of website because it allows them to make changes to their data (such as an inventory list) without interfering with the coding and design of the website. .

    New features and capabilities are easier for web designers to develop with DHTML style pages. You may wonder what is DHTML to clients. The benefit of using DHTML results in faster and fresher content and visual appeal. For instance, the use of CSS allows the style of a website to be changed on all pages (as long as the CSS reference is added to the applicable pages).

    Another one of the advantages of DHTML for web design is that it is easier to create good internal linking and cross linking. This is good because it can work well with search engines and users. It can also help website owners avoid dead link and help increase SEO keyword density.