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What Is Dynamic HTML?

When HTML was first developed, its mixing of text and graphics, as well as the inclusion of the hypertext link for linking information, revolutionized the way information was presented and distributed across the Internet. Since the inception of HTML, Web developers and vendors have been looking for ways to present information more dynamically and to create more ways to interact with the user. Animated GIFs, Web browser plug-ins and ActiveX Controls, Java applets, and scripting languages are all examples of ways to make Web pages more exciting.

HTML itself is basically a static language, however; information is sent to a client Web browser, which renders it for the viewer. To add movement or animation to an HTML document, it was necessary to embed some other element, such as the Java applets or ActiveX Controls mentioned in the preceding paragraph. Macromedia's Shockwave, for example, has long been used to add increased animation and interactivity to many Web pages.


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