Jargon busting

22nd March 1996 at 00:00
Internet or The Net. Worldwide systemof internationalcomputer networks.

WWW. World Wide Web, or Web, thegraphical face of the Internet.Linked pages of text and images.

Site. Location of Web pages which you can call up by typing in an address (URL).

URL. Uniform Resource Locator - the Web site address.

Homepage. First point ofcontact on each Web site.

Hypertext. The highlighted or underlined text which connects Web pages.

HTML. HyperText Markup Language, used to create Web pages.

Browser. Software allowing you to browse through Web pages. Best known are Netscape Navigator and Mosaic

BBS. Bulletin Board System for discussion groups, notice boards andelectronic mail.

FTP. File Transfer Protocol for copying files from the Internet.

Gopher. Internet tools to help find and fetch programs etc (go for)

ISDN. High-speed digital lines allowing more than one service to be used concurrently.

ISP. Internet Service Provider - offers access plus services like Web space.

OSP. On-line Service Providers (such as CompuServe) usually offer Internet access and their own helplines and information like news, travel, education.

Bookmark. A way of saving an address on the Internet which avoids keyingin a long string of letters andnumbers.

Usenet. The thousands of Net discussion groups

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