So you landed on this page.

That means there are certain questions revolving around your mind.

Is DHTML dead? What has happened to it?

The answer is nothing.

It was an old buzzword that got replaced by the more advanced model like AJAX.

However, it’s still the base of web development standards that are followed today.

We aren’t travelling the way back machine here. However, we are going to discuss the major advantages & disadvantages that made DHTML the face as well as the reasons for its discontinuation.

First, what is DHTML?

Dynamic HTML or DHTML is nothing but an extension to plain HTML. To clear doubts, it’s neither a programming language nor a markup language.

Simply, it’s a process to make a static web page dynamic and interactive by combining technologies like HTML, CSS, client-side scripting language, and DOM.

DHTML allows integrating scripting languages with HTML to change variables which make a static web page look more aesthetic.

Advantages of DHTML


  1. In comparison to other multimedia software like Flash and shockwave, it took less space. Those resulted in short download time which saved bandwidth as well as made the website quickly.
  2. DHTML was fast & zippy depending upon your device and ISP. You didn’t need an extra plugin to make it work efficiently as it used the features present in the browsers. The content loaded on the fly. The whole page didn’t load promptly and saved time for end-users by altering just the content part.
  3. It was supported in some form or shape by major browsers from Microsoft, Netscape. It also worked well with cell phones, PDAs, and PDFs.
  4. DHTML was considered to design friendly offering web designers different options to give web pages a compact look. It had more advanced functionality than static HTML & holds more content on the web page at the same time.
  5. What made DHTML famous at its prime was its outlook. It was popular among clients due to its sleek nature & flexibility to make changes to their data.
  6. Due to low file maintenance, it saves time for web designers and is more efficient for content management. The use of dynamic XML made the high volume of content look reasonable avoiding any lag.

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  1. DHTML was great with functionality. However, it still required few utilities and tools that used to come at a heavy price. An example of a DHTML text editor is Dreamweaver that range from $19.99 per month. Also, the training and improvement cost for transferring from HTML to DHTML makes the cost rise much higher.
  2. The long and complex coding structure can be daunting for a few. You need to be well versed with HTML, JS, & CSS to produce a better output.
  3. DHTML suffers from browser compatibility. What works for Netscape may not work on IE. If you don’t make a compatibility check while writing codes, the output may be a mess.
  4. It was mainly used for animation on web pages. However, due to the problem of web languages, DHTML didn’t perform too well with every platform.

That started as a buzz has faded away and replaced by many advanced Softwares and languages. However, the module we use in today’s web development follows the pattern of DHTML which makes it one of the greatest predecessors.