Web Design Glossary 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.

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.

  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