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Client-side is a networking term which refers to a computer which completes internal data request. Clients, also, make request calls to servers. Client-side, generally, refers to the browser and OS desktops side of an experience.

Types of clients

The server "serves" data Client-side. Servers trascieve information and data to the Client-side (and vice-versa). A Client-side operation are done by the local machine, pending the user's selections on a client system. When resources that contains operations (ex. imagemap) that are to be executed locally, that resources is running "Client-Side", as opposed to "Server-Side". Simply, it is operations done on your computer.

Types of selections

client-side scripting
client-side validation
client-side events

It is the basis of the human and machine interface. All interationcs are handeled locally, rather than by the server. Client-side scripts usually run quickly because the user's machine doesn't have to transcieve information to the server.

Inaddition, some users ultilize different client "browsers" [ex. Netscape, Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Opera]. The different combinations of client adhere to client-side code format (klnaone as "mark-up") that internetwork wide standards (see W3C).

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