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Part: V Dynamic Web Pages > Setting Pages in Motion with Dynamic HTML

Hour 19. Setting Pages in Motion with Dynamic HTML

As we all know, a word must be spelled with all capital letters and no vowels in order to qualify as genuine computer jargon. The latest unpronounceable buzzword along this line is DHTML, which stands for Dynamic HTML. Like all the best tech-talk, this term means quite a few things, depending on whom you ask.

Everyone agrees that Dynamic HTML brings a new level of power and excitement to Web pages. Everyone also agrees that it has something to do with scripting, animation, and interactivity. Unfortunately, nobody yet agrees exactly how you get to have all this fun. Microsoft, Netscape, and the World Wide Web Consortium (the folks who set the standards) still disagree about the details of what you can do with Dynamic HTML and how you should go about doing it. Creating Dynamic HTML pages, therefore, currently requires a certain amount of fortitude, cleverness, and perhaps foolhardiness.

Because I obviously possess all these attributes, in this hour I will bravely lead you into the wilds of Dynamic HTML. Don't expect to become a DHTML guru in the next 60 minutes, but you can count on coming away with some reusable scripts to animate the contents of your Web pages in ways you couldn't before. You will also emerge with the know-how necessary to put these scripts to work and to modify them for your own purposes.


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