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Banners are a basic unit of advertising on the web.

They were pioneered by GNN and HotWired back in the frontier days of 1994 and are now nearly ubiquitous, appearing in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and locations. You can probably see one right now at the top of the page.

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Dots per inch (DPI) measures the resolution of images on a screen or printed page. The more dots, the better the resolution

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A link is a bit of highlighted text on a web page that connects to another web page or file. Clicking the link sends your browser in search of the address attached to the text. That address can refer to another place on the same page, another page within the same site, or just about anywhere on the internet. If you could peel back the text of the link to Webmonkey and view the HTML underneath, you’d see:

<a href="">Webmonkey</a>

If you clicked on the text of the link, you would be taken to that URL.

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Outline Font

An outline font supplies a geometrical description of each character so that the font can be rendered in a variety of sizes. Since they are scalable, outline fonts can make the most of an output device’s resolution. The greater the resolution of the monitor, the sharper the characters will look. Popular languages for defining outline fonts are PostScript and TrueType.

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Serif and Sans Serif

There are two general categories of typefaces:Serif and Sans Serif. Serif typefaces use small decorative marks to embellish characters and make them easier to read. Typefaces without these are called Sans Serif (“sans” is French for “without”). Helvetica is a Sans Serif typeface and Times is a Serif typeface.