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Data Binding

As a computer science term, data binding is the substitution of a real value in a program after it has been compiled.

For example, during compilation a compiler can assign symbolic addresses to certain variables or instructions. When the program is bound, or linked, the binder replaces the symbolic addresses with real machine addresses. The moment at which binding occurs is called “bind time” or “link time.” In dHTML, data binding allows the client to look into a database and retrieve the content. This data can be automatically displayed in your table using the HTML data binding extensions, or you can manipulate the data with a script.

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Inline Stylesheet

As opposed to a linked stylesheet, an inline stylesheet is included within an HTML document.

It is directly associated with a particular element, and the appearance of the document cannot easily be changed. The advantage is that the presentation of the document can be separated into the global style contained in the
tag , and HTML can be used more appropriately for the document’s structure. Using an inline stylesheet at the beginning of the document allows the style and rendering to be modified without changing the HTML. On the other hand, using a linked stylesheet can be more efficient for a set of pages, because a linked style can be defined through a single file. Changing the entire website with a linked stylesheet can be done just by modifying the linked stylesheet file.

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The domain name system (DNS) is an internet service that translates domain names (like into IP addresses (like

We use domain names because people can remember words better than numbers, but web servers still need the IP numbers to access the page. Every time you use a domain name, a DNS server must translate the name into the corresponding IP address.

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Retention refers a company’s desire to keep you as a customer by any (cost-effective) means necessary.

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WYSIWYG (pronounced “wiz-ee-wig”) stands for “what you see is what you get” and refers to programs that show on a screen exactly what will appear when a document is printed. Microsoft’s FrontPage and Adobe’s Go Live are WYSIWYG HTML editors.