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The World Wide Web

THe World Wide Web is basically multiple files from all over the world that are linked to each other.This is in place so people can look at a file that has a link to another file than follow that link to read the next file. What makes it so intricate is these files may contain graphics or pieces of animation or music. They may also THe documents are in a language called HTML or hyper text markup language, which is what supports the links to other documents.

Interesting Facts

  • In the 1960s Doug Engelbart created the ability for hypertext browsing editing, email and more. He invented the computer mouse so users would be able to physically click on hyperlinks.
  • In 1996, Americans spent an average of 30 minutes a month surfing the World Wide Web
  • The browser wars is the competition for web dominance in the late 1990s between Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explore, Microsoft being the eventual winner. In fact, the browser war contintues between Microsoft Explorer and newer competitors like Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Google Chrome and Opera
  • The phrase "Surfing the Internet" was popularized by Jean Armour Polly in her article Surfing the Internet. She mostly used the phrase independently but some claim it was even used by the computer hacker community years before that. Regardless, Polly is famous as "NetMom" in the history of the internet.

Helpful Links

The first steps

This website shows how to set up Notepad which is the default Windows text editor and comes in very handy when it comes to setting up your own website. This site walks you through the first two steps to getting started.

make an HTML document

This site walks you through the necessary tags that you will be using when making your website

Create your own Webpage

It is intended for the beginner and layperson, taking you step by step through the whole process from the very beginning.

Things to Avoid When Making A Website

this website states the three things you should stay away from when making your site.

Dictionary

Internet

The internet is a vast computer network linking smaller computer networks worldwide (usually preceded by the ). The Internet includes commercial, educational, governmental, and other networks, all of which use the same set of communications protocols.
-- from dictionary.reference.com/browse/internet

ARPANET

acronym from Advanced Research Projects Agency Network, set up in 1969 by a branch of the U.S. Department of Defense in partnership with four universities; acknowledged as "the world's first operational packet switching network" and predecessor of the Internet.
-- from dictionary.reference.com/browse/ARPANET

URL

Uniform Resource Locator: a protocol for specifying addresses on the Internet.
-- from dictionary.reference.com/browse/URL

http

hypertext transfer protocol: the standard protocol for transferring hypertext documents on the World Wide Web.
-- from dictionary.reference.com/browse/http

protocol

a set of rules governing the format of messages that are exchanged between computers.
-- from ditionary.reference.com/browse/protocol

Top-level domain

The top-level domain is the very last section of an Internet domain name, located after the last dot.
-- from pcsupport.about.com

HTML

HyperText Markup language: a set of standards, a variety of SGML, used to tag the elements of a hypertext document. It is the standard protocol for formatting and displaying documents on the World Wide Web.
-- from dictionary.reference.com/browse/html

PDF

portable document format: a format in which documents may be viewed
-- from dictionary.reference.com/browse/pdf

CSS

abbreviation for cascading style sheet.
-- from dictionary.reference.com/browse/css

Webcast

webcast is the broadcasting of news, entertainment, etc., using the Internet, specifically the World Wide Web.
-- from dictionary.reference.com/browse/webcast

Cookies

a message, or segment of data, containing information about a user, sent by a Web server to a browser and sent back to the server each time the browser requests a Web page.
-- from dictionary.reference.com/browse/cookies

Web

The World Wide Web (or the proper World-Wide Web; abbreviated as WWW or W3,[2] and commonly known as the Web) is a system of interlinked hypertext documents accessed via the Internet.
-- from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/worldwideweb

Streaming Audio

Streaming audio is audio that is simultaneously downloaded and presented to the user. The term refers to the way the media is received rather than the media itself.
-- from directhit.com/shopping-answers/what_is_streaming_audio

Streaming Video

Streaming video is content transmitted continuously in compressed format over the Internet or data networks in real-time.
-- from ehow.com/facts_4913483_what-streaming-video.html

Cyperspace

the realm of electronic communication.
-- from dictionary.reference.com/browse/cyberspace

Plug-ins

capable of or designed for being connected to an electrical power source by plugging in or inserting.
--from dictionary.reference.com/browse/plug-ins

ISP

Internet service provider: a company that offers access to the Internet and to e-mail, usually for a monthly fee.
-- from dictionary.reference.com/browse/ISP

TCP/IP

Transmission Control Protocol over Internet Protocol.TCP/IP was developed by DARPA for internetworking and encompasses both network layer and transport layer protocols.
-- from dictionary.reference.com/browse/TCP/IP

Browser

Computers . a software program that allows the user to find and read encoded documents in a form suitable for display, especially such a program for use on the World Wide Web.
-- from dictionary.reference.com/browse/browser

Javascript

(Formerly "LiveScript") Netscape's simple, cross- platform, World-Wide Web scripting language, only very vaguely related to Java (which is a Sun trademark). JavaScript is intimately tied to the World-Wide Web, and currently runs in only three environments - as a server-side scripting language, as an embedded language in server-parsed HTML, and as an embedded language run in web browsers where it is the most important part of DHTML.
-- from dictionary.reference.com/browse/Javascript

Web 2.0

the internet viewed as a medium in which interactive experience, in the form of blogs, wikis, forums, etc, plays a more important role than simply accessing information.
-- from dictionary.reference.com/browse/Web+2.0

Push Technology

a means of automatically delivering information via the Internet to subscribers based on their choices for customized news, etc.
-- from dictionary.reference.com/browse/push+technology

Search Engine

a computer program that searches documents, especially on the World Wide Web, for a specified word or words and provides a list of documents in which they are found.
-- from dictionary.reference.com/browse/search+engine

Spiders/Web Crawlers

a computer program that automatically retrieves web pages for use by search engines.
-- from dictionary.reference.com/browse/web+crawlers