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.
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.
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.
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 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.
This post is part of the series: Web Design Glossary
A series of glossary terms to help those new to web design become more familiar with commonly used terms.