Joseph's Jargon (3) from the March 2000 Actrix Newsletter

by Joseph Bartlett

This month it has to be html related terms:

Html - Hypertext Markup Language, the computer language in which most web pages are written.

DNS - Domain name service. This is needed to associate your web site with an ISP. It doesn't entitle you to any web space.

W3C - The World Wide Web Consortium, an organisation that functions as the web's rule making body (though it has no power to enforce any of its rules). It is composed of representatives from a number of companies including Netscape and Microsoft. Without their co-ordination, web browsers would develop in different directions which would lead to chaos on the internet.Find out more at

Hex Code - A system of 6 numbers or letters that represent certain colours. the first two characters refer to the amount of red in the colour, the second two refer to how much green, and the third two to how much blue. For example, red = #FF0000 i.e. all red and zero green or blue. "Spicy Pink" = #FF1CAE.

Style Sheets - Separate text documents that can be uploaded to the web. These are not written in html, but html documents can be set so that the browser formats their appearance according to the specifications of the style sheet. It makes creating many pages with a similar look very easy, but may not be for beginners.

Frames - A way of dividing a browser window so that it can hold more than one page. The page you create has its own URL, but so do the pages within it. The end result is that you can get certain parts of your page to remain the same, and other parts to change as new pages are navigated to. Frames are not well-liked by everybody, and older browsers do not support them. The Actrix home page uses frames for example. That's how the side columns stay the same while the content on the right of the page changes as you navigate.

Java - This can mean a number of things, but basically it is a way to build something active on your page. Some people despise it, and it is certainly not necessary to make a decent page.