dHTML – advantages & disadvantages

dHTML is just a browser feature that adds dynamism to your browser (website). dHTML is not javascript, although it relies on it, but javascript used on web pages relies heavily on fourth-generation browser capabilities. In short, while it is Javascript and HTML, it cannot be labeled as such due to its reliance on browser capabilities. Only 4th generation browsers allow websites to be dynamic.

What exactly is dynamic when we say dHTML?

By dynamic we mean that the website can modify itself for certain functions when activated by users. Changes can be either content or layout on the fly.


1. Fast and nimble: – dHTML loads content on-the-fly. Your entire page doesn’t load, only the content part that needs to be changed, saving users crucial time and giving the website a slick look.

2. Plugins, we don’t need them:- dHTML uses most of the features that are already present in the browsers, so there is no need to download plugins.

3. Great Benefit: dHTML’s dynamic properties help web designers create web pages that look compact, download quickly, have graphical effects, offer greater functionality, and can contain much more text or content at once.


1. Expensive Editing Tools: – Although dHTML offers great features, the editors available for it in the market are quite expensive. Examples of dHTML editors are Dreamweaver and Fusion.

2. Long and complex encoding: – dHTML encoding is long and complex. Only the experienced javascript and html programmers can write them and edit them with good functionality.

3. Browser Support Issues: – dHTML suffers from browser support issues for various browsers. For example, code written for Netscape may not work in Internet Explorer and vice versa. The problem arises from the different characteristics of the browsers.


dHTML is a great utility that a website can have even though it is still in the development phase. You can always use small dHTML functions to improve your website’s utility and make it faster. We can expect much more in the coming period.

Source by Rahul Goyal

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