HTML 1.0, 2, 3. Java, Javascript, Active-X, VBscript. Dynamic HTML


HTML, or HyperText Markup Language, has been called the easiest computer language ever. It is far easier to learn than BASIC and it utilizes graphics and programming objects. The major benefit of using objectsis that a person can 'link' things like pictures and sounds to a html document. HTML has a very simple structure, thus enhancing its attractiveness to the average user. With only a few lines of code, one can put a picture of the Eiffel Tower or their favorite symphony on the web.

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JAVA is a powerful programming language. Applets made with JAVA can be seen all over the web now. Applets such as scrolling phrases or flashing backgrounds have been stolen and assimilated across the planet. There are a few people who still make their own applets, but the general sentiment is "It's already there, why reinvent the wheel?" JAVA applets fit nicely into HTML files and add pizazz to sites.

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JavaScript is very much like JAVA in that they both possess similar powers. The major difference between the two is that JAVA must be compiled into an executible file and attached to an HTML document, whereas JavaScript can be left as script in an HTML document and is compiled by a web browser on the spot. Both JAVA and JavaScript have their advantages. JAVA's drawback is that it takes a long time to download and crashes often. JavaScript's drawback is that it isn't as powerful as JAVA.

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VBScript is a variant of the ever-popular Visual Basic. This scripting language, when viewed by Internet Explorer or Netscape Communicator, is the counterpart of JavaScript. It is extremely similar in abilities, and the coding is different. Since Internet Explorer is their only browser that can compile VBscript, I will not have an example for you.

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ACTIVE-X is Microsoft's reaction to JAVA. Active-X applets are much like java applets with the Microsoft 'touch' added to it. It is also another step towards integration to their future 'virtual desktop' which is in the works for Windows 97. Prepare to be assimilated.

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Dynamic HTML
DYNAMIC HTML is soon to be the rave. Up until now, HTML had a '2-D' limitation which kept pages flat unless modified by applets and scripts. Now, with 'Layer' Technology, pages can be made of several overlapping 'layers'. This allows for drop-down menu's and moving items around on a web page. As of this time, Only netscape Communicator supports Dynamic HTML.

What are you waiting for, go get Communicator!