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Object dHTML

In object-oriented programming, an object is a self-contained entity that consists of both data and manipulation procedures.

Similarly, HTML 4.0 includes the <OBJECT> element to extend HTML in order to make it more dynamic. <OBJECT> allows an author to download external data or programs into the current page. This element can be used to gather other pieces of information, including Java applets, ActiveX controls, and possibly dHTML. The long-term goal of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is for the <OBJECT> element to become the only way to embed data, replacing the <APPLET> and <IMG> elements.

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A pageview – a single screen of content – refers to the sum total of what a user sees in a browser window. Before frames came along, pageviews were a hell of a lot easier to explain and to track:the page you saw was one simple page of content. But frame-based pages are comprised of a whole mess of documents. The Webmonkey frontdoor brings together three different pages:the frameset itself, the content page in the top frame, and the ad called up in the bottom frame. Yet in the language of pageviews, these three pages add up to a single pageview.

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The resource description framework (RDF) is a specification being developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to create a cross-platform standard for managing meta information. Metadata, or data about data, has many uses, including cataloging websites, creating intelligent agents, automating sitemapping, and managing digital signatures of intellectual property. RDF is designed to provide an infrastructure to support metadata across many web-based activities. RDF will use the eXtensible markup language (XML) so that all other tools being built around XML will be able to provide a uniform and interoperable exchange across the web.

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Sharpen is a tool in Photoshop that increases the focus of an image. Keep in mind, though, that Photoshop can’t work miracles. Your image will only be as focused as the negative. If you use sharpen more than once, the image will become jagged.

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User Interface

A computer science term, interface is the point of communication between the computer and any other entity. User Interface, or UI, narrows that definition down to the communication between the computer and a human being. Web designers have taken the sense of this communication of inputs and outputs as a useful way to describe how a user is informed by the design elements on a page. A “good” user interface can mean that the design fulfills a user’s expectations. A “bad” user interface gives you few clues about where you are or what you’re supposed to do, leaving you with the sensation that you’re drowning and don’t know which way is up. This condition is known as web vertigo.