- Web document
Web document is a similar concept to
web page, except it is a broader term with the following distinctions:
A PDF document requested from SFTP or
SMTPprotocols, for example, is a "web document", but not a web page.
The "web document" distinction emphasizes the fact that not all content generated by a
web template system, web service, and other related systems represents output as a web page.
e-mail clientor through a webmail (or Internet forum) as a web page. A lot of web applicationsdeal with "web page bodies" and "e-mail bodies" indistinctly. Web applicationsdeal with web pages, but also with many other formats and protocols.
Current trends toward XML
From a long-term perspective, the increasing prevalence of XML may eliminate the need for this kind of distinction.
* Web standards have evolved and become more adaptive toward XML (
HTML, for example, can also be expressed as XHTML);
OpenDocumentspecifications (for desktop applications like Open Office) provide an open mechanism for specifying formerly "binary-only" filetypes in plain text (or as binary files of archived text).
Under such trends, the concept of "web document" becomes more uniform as more file types become expressible as different dialects of XML.
Dynamic web document
Another extended (derived) concept is dynamic web document, like documents generated from template engines or
web services. Dynamic web pageis a specific case of "dynamic web document".Common Gateway Interface(CGI)is a concept used to create dynamic web documents.
* [http://www.w3.org/QA/2002/04/valid-dtd-list.html W3C Recommended list of XML-Web documents] .
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