Short for Document Object Model, the specification for how objects in a Web page (text, images, headers, links, etc.) are represented. The DOM defines what attributes are associated with each object, and how the objects and attributes can be manipulated. Dynamic HTML (DHTML) relies on the DOM to dynamically change the appearance of Web pages after they have been downloaded to a user’s browser.
Unfortunately, the two leading browsers — Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer — use different DOMs. This is one reason why their respective implementations of DHTML are so different. Both companies have submitted their DOMs to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) for standardization, which now has the daunting task of specifying a standard DOM without alienating either of the browser giants. The W3C’s DOM specification will support both HTML and XML.
- Disk Operating System (DOS)
(1) Acronym for disk operating system. The term DOS can refer to any operating system, but it is most often used as a shorthand for MS-DOS (Microsoft disk operating system). Originally developed by Microsoft for IBM, MS-DOS was the standard operating system for IBM-compatible personal computers. The initial versions of DOS were very simple and […]
- DOS Protected Mode Interface (DPMI)
Created for Windows version 3.0, DPMI is an industry standard for an interface that allows DOS applications to access extended memory of the 80286-, 80386-, and 80486-based PC architecture while maintaining system protection.
A protocol that enables the devices that comprise an MFP to send and receive data packets to each other across a single physical channel at the same time. The protocol was specified by IEEE 1284.4, which is an enhancement to the IEEE 1284 protocol for parallel port computing.
Acronym for DOT (as in DOT-COM) Brick And Mortar. DOTBAM refers to the online division or group of a traditional brick-and-mortar store. DOTBAMs are also called click-and-mortars.
(1) A metaphor for describing the non-physical terrain created by computer systems. Online systems, for example, create a cyberspace within which people can communicate with one another (via e-mail), do research, or simply window shop. Like physical space, cyberspace contains objects (files, mail messages, graphics, etc.) and different modes of transportation and delivery. Unlike real […]