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Computer Platforms

The first variable with which we must contend is that of the computer platform. The challenge in terms of control is to create HTML code and designs that will be managed with relative stability across the variety of platforms that exist. This process is referred to as cross-platform design.

The definition of the phrase computer platform is often misunderstood. We tend to use it casually, without really understanding what it means. When most people think of a computer platform, they are probably thinking of a type of computer, as in hardware. Although that's not entirely incorrect, a more accurate description of platform relates to the type of user interface the computer uses. User interfaces are not necessarily hardware-dependent, but they always rely on software, or programming, as the framework for the interface.


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