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Chapter 8. Meeting HTML's Powerful Friends > Web Technologies Defined

Web Technologies Defined

All interactive technologies contain code that must be interpreted before the interactivity occurs. What separates the technologies is how the code is deciphered. The software that deciphers the code and causes the interactivity is either a plug‐in for the user's browser (client side) or the Web server (server side). When you're deciding what type of code to use, a couple of factors come into play:

  • If you're deciding to use software that must be interpreted by the user, you need to know if your client's intended audience has the plug‐in. If not, will they have the inclination to download the applicable plug‐in?

  • If the technology relies on software that is housed on the server, you'll have to make sure that your client's server has the applicable software available and that it's the proper version of the software for the code you plan to write — or is used in the application (such as a blog) that you're adding to the client's site.

The upcoming sections discuss the objects that are used by many interactive technologies.


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