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A module is a unit of code designed for a specific task that can be combined with other units to form a software program, and reused for different programs. Module can also refer to hardware components, such as a unit of RAM.

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A codec (short for coder/decoder) is a piece of software that converts a stream of digital information into audio or video that can be played back in an audio or video player.

For example, playing an H.264 file on your computer requires that you have the H.264 codec installed. Likewise with .ogg files — you need to have the Ogg codec installed in order for your computer to recognize the file format, decode it, and play it back.

Codecs have grown in importance on the web along with the proliferation of rich media websites. Browsers can only play songs and videos that are in formats it has codecs installed to handle. For this reason, most websites off-load media playback to plug-ins, which usually come with the ability to play popular filetypes. The Flash player is one such plugin.

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Position Text and Images With Div Tags

Are you sick of putting align in every tag just to get a page to lay out properly? And how do you feel about table hacks for positioning images? I thought so. Well, never fear – the <div> tag is here.

Although it’s been around since HTML 3.0, <div> didn’t really catch on until CSS-based layouts became the rage du jour. It won’t solve all your problems, but it works for formatting large blocks of text, images, and just about anything else that has an HTML tag around it.

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Relationship Marketing

This vaguely oxymoronic term refers to the process of finding out who your visitors are and what they want, then tailoring your site content to meet those specific needs. Whether you’ve got a simple homepage or a heavy duty e-commerce site, relationship marketing can help you create the kind of bond with your users that’ll keep the competition drooling.

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Smart Quotes

Smart quotes are a feature found in many popular word processing programs. They’re smart because they automatically insert open quotation marks at the beginning of a word and closed quotation marks at the end. Unfortunately, HTML is not smart enough for smart quotes since they aren’t plain ASCII, so if you have smart quotes in your code, you’ll end up with some strange characters on your web page. Be sure to have smart quotes turned off whenever writing HTML code.