Content and Presentation
While content (aka data - text, video, audio, graphics) lives in a database, it gets 'dressed up' to come out on display. A simple and popular way of dressing up content for display on the web is HTML (hypertext markup language).
When you leave your home you might dress according to the function you will be attending - in athletic clothes to go play sports, in a suit to go to a formal, in your jeans to visit a good friend, etc..... Well content gets 'dressed up' (aka formatted) differently depending on how it's being presented/accessed. HTML is a simple way of presenting content on the web but there are more appropriate techniques for presenting content on a mobile phone, pager, bank machine, mp3 player, digital TV or stereo for example.
Sometimes you'll come across the word 'encoded' which, for our purposes, is just another term for formatting data for the appropriate context. A video game gets 'encoded' differently for an arcade, for a playstation, and for a game-boy for example. A piece of text might be encoded differently from another for security reasons (i.e a password).
Posted by Mark Hemphill on January 12, 2004 | Permalink
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Tracked on Jul 15, 2006 9:09:43 AM
Here's a HTML Definition that I found helpful.
Posted by: Melissa | Jan 18, 2006 10:05:12 AM
Dynamic HTML makes Web pages "come alive" by providing stunning multimedia effects that include animation, audio, and video.
Posted by: md romiz uddin | Jan 18, 2006 10:36:12 PM
I used to think that Html was very confusing before I learned how to use it. It baffled me as to how codes could transmit a message or picture onto a screen. I never realised how specific and useful these codes could be.
Posted by: Katie Cormier | Jan 22, 2006 11:56:58 PM