Glossary



 

bookmark-   Bookmarking is a great tool for creating shortcuts to your favorite web sites. If you find a web site you like, just click on the word "Bookmarks" somewhere near the top of your browser. Then click on "Add Bookmark." The next time you want to visit that web site, just click on its name in the same "Bookmarks" menu.

browser -  a software tool that you use to look at web pages

chat-  "Chat" is a term used to describe real-time conferencing.  One can enter a chat room or one can instant message.  Chatting is basically just a conversation with written words.

cyberspace-  another word for the Internet.  It was originally used in "Neuromancer," William Gibson's novel of direct brain-computer networking, and refers to the collective realms of computer-aided communication.

download- to transfer programs or data from a computer to a connected device, usually from a server to a personal computer

FAQ- Frequently Asked Questions, a list of typically asked questions for newcomers to answer questoins pertaining to the site they are at to save others from answering the say questions over and over again.

FTP - File Transfer Protocol, comunication protocol that aloows file transfer between two computers.

html (Hyper Text Markup Language)- A "tag" language in which web pages are formatted and web information is distributed.

http (hypertext transfer protocol)- The method by which documents are transferred from the host computer or server to browsers individual users.

hyperlink- underlined or bordered words and graphics that have web addresses (also know as a URL -- Universal Resource Locator) embedded in them. By clicking a hyperlink, you jump to a particular page in a particular web site.  You can easily identify a hyperlink.  Hyperlink text is a different color from the rest of the text in a web site.  Hyperlink is also considered an action.  If someone were to go from one web page to another, he or she would hyperlink.
 

Internet-  is a global network of computers that communicate using a common language. It's similar to the international telephone system -- no one owns or controls the whole thing, but it is connected in a way that makes it work like one big network.

ISP - Internet Service Provider.  An orginization that provides access to the internet.

modem -  is the thing that makes the funny noise when you connect to the Internet.  It enables digital data to be transmitted over analog transmission facilities like phone lines.  For surfing the web, you will want to use a modem that runs at a speed of at least 14.4 Kbps. The faster your modem, the less time it takes to load graphics and the more interactive the session can be.  A 28.8 Kbps modem is more than twice as fast as a 14.4. If you look forward to doing a lot of web surfing, a faster modem will enhance your experience.

netiquette - proper etiquette for exchanges on the inter.

newsgroup - a service that works much likean online message board, where messages are set up with articles and responses called threads.

search engine- A search engine is the yellow pages of the internet.  It helps you finds web pages that deal with a topic you are looking for.  They can search by subject or key words.  There are various search engines available on the internet.  For a list of them, click here.

server -  In a network, a host data station that provides facilities to other stations.

surfing-  following hyperlinks to pages and subjects you may never have heard about, meeting new people, visiting new places, and learning about things from all over the world.

Universal Resource Locator (URL) - the location of the web site.  This is the web address which is needed to go to a site.  It acts the same way as a telephone number-- one wrong word or number and you can't get connected.

World Wide Web (www)-  The Internet system for world-wide linking of multimedia documents, making the relationship of information that is common between documents easily accessible and completely independent physical location.  It gives you a graphical, easy-to- navigate interface for looking at documents on the Internet. These documents, as well as the links between them, comprise a "web" of information.


 
 

Bibliography

Project Site, Honors Composition 102, Fall 1999

Project Site 2, Composition 102, Spring 2000

1999-2000 Clemson University First Year Composition
Dr. Christine Boese, assistant professor

 

 
         
   

 

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