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File Under: Glossary

Intuitive

Intuitive interactions with a web page are extremely important to understand. When a user makes decisions about how to navigate through a site, those decisions are influenced by information from the real world. So this information must be taken into account when designing the navigation. Don’t confuse “intuitive” with “instinctive.” When used as a web design term, intuitive means it’s understood that most users will make the same decisions when confronted with a particular design element. Instinctive means that if any more smoke comes out of their computer they will decide to run away.

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MPEG

MPEG, for Moving Picture Experts Group, refers to a group of audio/video compression standards used to create videos.

To view an MPEG video, you need to download (shareware or commercial) client software that plays it. The MPEG group works within the International Organization for Standardization and periodically improves and updates the compression standards.

File Under: HTML

Make a Mailto Link

To create a link that sends an e-mail to somebody, use the HTML mailto: tag.

Your code will look like this:

<a href="mailto:webmonkey@wired.com>Send an e-mail to Webmonkey</a>

and tell us how much you love cats.

When the reader clicks on that link, their default e-mail application will launch and a blank e-mail addressed to webmonkey@wired.com (or whatever address you put in the link) will open up.

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File Under: Glossary

Pixel


The cell is nature’s building block, and the pixel is the web designer’s. Pixel is one of those half-baked half-acronyms:PICture ELement. It refers to how monitors divide the display screen into thousands or millions of individual dots. A pixel is one of those dots. An 8-bit color monitor can display 256 pixels, while a 24-bit color monitor can display more than 16 million. If you design a web graphic on a 24-bit monitor, there’s an excellent chance that many of your 16 million pixels won’t be seen by visitors to your site. Since the agreed-upon lowest common denominator palette for the web has 216 colors, you should design your graphics using 8-bit color. (see Bit Depth)

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Retention


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