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Elements

In this section, we take a look at the basic elements that make up web site architecture.

Browser

The web browser is a nearly ideal Graphical User Interface (GUI) because it is standard, simple, and ubiquitous. Most of what you need to show users is available: text, graphics, buttons, fill-in boxes, etc. The design of a GUI with HTML is about as easy as it gets. Other GUIs, such as those created with Visual Basic or Java, require much more training to create, and usually interface with the back-end in a non-HTTP way, greatly complicating testing and requiring each user to download a GUI just for that one application. Pretty much every PC in the world now has a browser, and they all read HTML, so it’s crazy not to take advantage of that.


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