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Address Book

Used in E-mail packages An electronic phone directory

Bookmark

Used for remembering websites you like in Netscape.

Browser

A piece of software designed to allow people to look at files on the internet.

CGI Common Gateway Interface - A method used to link web pages and servers together so that applications such as forms can be processed.

Chat Rooms

Places on the web, where you can have real time text talk with people.

Cookie

Program in web browser which remembers the last time you visited a site and what you viewed.

Counter

Usually a graphical way to record your Hits.

CPU

Central Processing Unit A computers central brain.

DHTML

Dynamic HTML - Extended version of HTML.

Domain Name

Top level name for a business/organisation to show where you are. Like a post box.

Download

Used to describe the process of taking software off another computer onto your computer over the internet.

eCommerce

Electronic Commerce Business over the internet.

E-Mail

Electronic mail, a computerized method for sending text and images across the world.

Encryption

A method of making information readable only for the people to whom it was intended for. Often used for e-mails.

Favorites

Internet Explorers way of remembering sites you liked.

Floppy Disc

Used to record information you have stored in software programs to enable you to transfer data between computers with the same software.

Forward

A e-mail expression for sending your e-mails to another person

Freeware

A piece of software that is free of charge.

FTP

File Transfer Protocol A way of remotely accessing your web site from an external PC to enable you to up-load and down-load files.

GIF

Graphics Interchange Format - A file for storing graphic images for use on your web-site or graphics package.

Hard Disc

A device for storing programs the bigger its size the more information it will hold.

Hit

A measure of the number of people visiting your web-site. The larger the number of hits you have the more people have visited your site.

Homepage

Usually the first page a web browser will load up when people look for your web-site.

HTML

HyperText Markup Language - In basic terms the language your browser uses to show you web pages.

HTML Editor

A piece of software such as Frontpage which allows you to generate HTML pages to view on the internet.

HTTP

HyperText Transfer Protocol - The way HTML documents are moved across the internet, essentially a postman! Every web browser has the opening line http:// its the method of telling the computer which information you want.

Hyperlink Link by clicking highlighted line to another position in web page/site.

Internet Explorer

Microsoft web browser found on Windows software.

ISDN

Integrated Services Digital Network - A more modern digital method of transferring data at very high speeds as opposed to using analogue phone lines.

ISP

Internet Service Provider The company that connects you to the world wide web.

Java

Powerful web language. Javascript is the more advanced language that allows web pages to be dramatically enhanced.

JPEG

Joint Photographic Experts Group - A method of reducing a image into a smaller size to make it download quicker.

Link

Lets you jump to another part of your web-site or another web-site when you click into the underlined word.

Mail Server

Your ISP software used to send and receive e-mails.

Merchant Account Basically an account with company to handle credit card transactions on the internet securely.

Modem

The device used to allow a computer to interface with a telephone signal to allow you to send and receive information.

Motherboard

The printed circuit board which holds the CPU, RAM, ROM, Modem and a whole host of input devices, its what makes your computer work.

Navigation

The way you search around a web page, can be through links or navigation bars.

Netscape Navigator

Netscape web browser.

Newsgroups

Locations on the web where you can send messages to other people, these are often discussion forums, to discuss favourite issues.

Offline

A phrase used by a browser to state that you are not connected to the internet.

Online

A phrase used by a browser to state that you are connected to the internet.

Plug-in

Additional piece of software that enables your web browser to let you watch movies, play sound, etc.

POP3

Post Office Protocol3 - The method in which your e-mail program gets your email from your ISP mail server.

RAM

Random Access Memory Computer memory used by software to store data whilst a computer is switched on. The more of it you have the faster your computer will work.

Real Time

Describes an event that takes place over the internet as if it was in real life.

Resolution

The screen size of a computer VDU/monitor the bigger the resolution the bigger display area.

ROM

Read Only Memory Usually on the computers motherboard, which holds important data, required every time your computer is switched on.

Search Engine

An index of web sites which computer user can access to gain information.

Secure Server

Servers used to handle credit card transactions as all information is encrypted.

Server

Computers which send information to other computers often very much powerful than home computers. They are able to send several thousand pieces of information simultaneously.

Shareware

A piece of software that is initially free to use, but after a period of time, if you like the program you pay a fee for using it.

Signature

A way of personalising your e-mails with text and graphics at the end of your e-mails.

SPAM

Describes junk e-mail.

TCP/IP

Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol The way in which networked devices talk to each other.

Temporary Internet Files

A space in your computers hard disc which stores information as you click into a web-page. Its designed to make your browsing quicker, be sure to clear your internet files regularly and set your hard disc to the maximum file size to enable web browsing much quicker.

Unmetered Web Access

The new phrase given to ISP providers who offer free access to the net with no telephone call charges, just usually a monthly fee.

Up-Load

The phrase for describing the process of putting information onto your web-site.

URL

Universal Resource Locator - Basically your web address.

VDU Visual Display Unit The device for viewing a computers information, i.e monitor.  

WAP

Wireless Application Protocol - Simplified version of the internet for handheld devices such as mobile phones. Currently only text based on most mobile phones due to screen sizes and memory constraints.

Webmaster

General phrase describing the individual who runs a web-site.

WYSIWYG

What You See Is What You Get The names says it all.

ZIP

A method of compressing files, for sending over the net quickly decompressing software such a winzip would then un-pack the software back to its original size.

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