April 28th, 2020

Replying to a tweet from @scottjehl

I don’t think that’s a universally understood definition.

The way I see the term used, this website would be an example of server-side rendering:

http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html

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Matthew Phillips

The term was essentially created to describe the process of taking a client framework and running in a server environment to produce an HTML string. I don’t recall the term ever being used in the ~20 years before frameworks started doing that.

Scott Jehl

I strictly agree, while practically disagreeing. I’d side with your usage if I had a choice. In practice I see the term used differently though, to refer to a framework performance mitigation pattern. Adopted for SEO & perceived performance, but not always resilient for usability

# Posted by Scott Jehl on Tuesday, April 28th, 2020 at 3:52pm

Scott Jehl

It’s a good question. I don’t recall ever calling server-side work “rendering” before client frameworks needed a way to output code on the server. Server “generated”, “templated”, “server-side”… etc. All those were common.

# Posted by Scott Jehl on Tuesday, April 28th, 2020 at 3:58pm

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