Difference Between HTML & DHTML | HTML VS DHTML

By Mohit Uniyal|Updated : April 27th, 2022

Difference Between  HTML & DHTML: A static web page is created using HTML whereas dynamic web pages are created with the help of DHTML. Dynamic web pages like animations and dynamic menus are created using DHTML, unlike HTML. HTML sites are relatively slow when it comes to client-side technologies when compared with DHTML sites. DHTML means Dynamic HTML and it is completely unalike from HTML. Some versions of Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator (higher than 4.0) support the DHTML.

Here, we will first briefly investigate the HTML and DHTML and then we will see the complete list and explore the difference between HTML and DHTML. We have described the differences in several parameters below.

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What is HTML?

HTML stands for HyperText Markup Language which is used to create & design web pages and web applications. This HTML is a markup language. With this language, we can create and design our static page. This language is only used for representing the data, not for the transportation of data. HTML is the combination of Hypertext and Markup language; it also describes the link among the web pages. This markup language is used for describing the text document within the tag which gives the structure of web pages. The tags are the words between the < > and separate standard text from HTML code. The output is displayed on web pages in the form of tables, images, diagrams, etc.


<!DOCTYPE html>



<title>Page Title</title>










What is DHTML?

The term DHTML stands for Dynamic Hypertext Markup language or Dynamic HTML, this language is different from HTML. This language is based on the properties of the HTML, CSS, javascript, and DOM (Document Object Model) that help in making dynamic content. The DHTML (Dynamic Hypertext Markup language) allows different scripting languages in a web page to change their variables that enhance the appearance and other functions after the whole web page has been fully loaded. This language is used to create interactive and animated web pages.

The DHTML consists of the four languages:

HTML 4.0




  • HTML 4.0: It is a client-side markup language and it is a core component of the DHTML. This language defines the structure of a web page with multiple defined basic elements or tags.
  • CSS: CSS term stands for Cascading Style Sheet. It allows web users to control the style and layout of the HTML elements on web pages. 
  • JavaScript: It is a scripting language which is made for the client-side. For controlling, accessing, and manipulating the HTML elements, The DHTML uses JavaScript technology. 
  • DOM: DOM term stands for the document object model. DOM is a w3c standard and it is a standard interface of programming for HTML. For defining the objects and properties of all elements in HTML DOM is mainly used.

What are the Differences Between HTML & DHTML?

As we have seen a brief introduction to HTML & DHTML Languages. We will now study the difference between HTML & DHTML Languages. The major differences between these two languages are described in the table provided below:

Difference Between HTML & DHTML



This language is a Hypertext Markup language.

This language is a Dynamic Hypertext markup language.

HTML stands for a static page.

DHTML stands for Dynamic.

This language does not have server-side code.

This language has server-side code.

Plain pages without any style and scripts are called HTML.

Page with CSS HTML, and scripts called DHTML.

Client-side technologies slow in HTML.

Client-side technologies fast in DHTML.

Processing from the browser is not required in HTML.

Processing from the browser is required in DHTML.

Extensions used for storing the HTML files are .htm or .html

Extensions used for storing the DHTML files are .dhtml extension.

Database connectivity is not required for HTML.

Database connectivity is required for DHTML.

Events methods are not used in HTML pages.

Events methods used in DHTML pages.

HTML does not allow any change in the current pages without returning to the webserver first.

DHTML also allows the current pages to change at any time. Without returning to the webserver first.


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  • The basic difference between HTML and DHTML is that HTML is a Hypertext Markup language, while the DHTML is a Dynamic Hypertext markup language. HTML does not have server-side code, whereas the DHTML has server-side code.

  • The difference between a static web page and a dynamic web page is that the static web page is one with stable content in which every user watches the same data on each page. While a dynamic web page is one where content is pulled on-the-fly, content can be changed according to the user.

  • HTML is static because static web pages are written in HTML, JavaScript, CSS, etc languages. The codes in HTML are fixed for every page so that the information that exists on the page does not change and that page looks like a printed page.

  • The difference between HTML, XML, and DHTML is that the HTML can ignore small errors, while the DHTML gives control over the HTML elements and XML, it does not allow errors. Also, HTML and DHTML tags are used for displaying the content while the XML tags are used for describing the content, not for displaying the content.

  • HTML stands for HyperText Markup Language which is used for building web pages while HTML5 is the fifth version of HyperText Markup Language(HTML). In HTML5, many older elements of HTML were customized and advanced functionality elements were added. For storing the temporary content, cookies are used.

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