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TermDefinition
AcrobatA product of Adobe that produces stable documents of high quality in the Portable Document Format (pdf). The end user cannot write directly to a pdf document. Adobe Reader is distributed without charge for viewing these documents. It can be downloaded from many places on the web and is often found on computer magazine CDs.
 
ADSLAsymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line - A high-bandwidth transmission technology that uses existing phone lines and also allows voice transmissions over the same lines as the same time. Most of the traffic is transmitted to the user generally at rates of 256 Kbps to about 6 Mbps depending on the service used (a typical home connection will be 512 Kbs which is approximately 9 times faster than 56k modem).
 
ApacheApache is the world's favourite web server program. A web server is the program that talks to your web browser and sends it the pages that you want to see. Apache is open-source software, and is freely available from the Apache Software Foundation's website.
 
attachmenta file attached to an email message, for example a picture or a sound file. If the email is not from a trusted source it should not be opened as it may contain a virus or other malicious programs.
 
broadbandLarge bandwidth communications channel capable of multiple, parallel high-speed transmissions. Broadband cables can carry data and speech at the same time.
 
browserA piece of software to allow PCs to access the graphical WWW interface to the Internet. Examples include Internet Explorer, Kermit, and Firefox.
 
BTWBy The Way
 
byte8 bits - A measure of storage
 
cacheA temporary store of data, often used when describing data stored by a browser, for rapid access later. This store is the browsers cache, held on the hard disk and available to speed access when browsing.
 
Coffee-break testA page passes the coffee-break test if the user can leave the screen for a few minutes and then still remember what they were doing or reading when they return. In other words, each page should provide enough contextual information so that the user doesn't have to remember what they did to get there.
 
cookiea way for a Web site to remember that you've visited the site previously, and usually retains information about you.
 
CRTCathode Ray Tube, the technology behind "old style" glass screened computer monitors and TVs, now being supplanted by LCD based TFT displays
 
CSSCascading Style Sheets - a method of defining what webpage text should look like.
 
DHCPDynamic Host Configuration Protocol - Provides automated allocation of IP addresses. A program may view the data set simply as data, and not concern itself with access methods.
 
FirewallA combination of hardware and software that provides a security system to prevent unauthorised access to a computer from the Internet or network.
 
FTPFile Transfer Protocol - a protocol that defines how to transfer files from one computer to another.
 
FWIWFor What It's Worth
 
FYIFor Your Information
 
gifGraphical Image Format. A grahical file format
 
GUIGraphical User Interface. A graphical, icon-based display, for example: Linux, Mac-OS and MS Windows
 
HostingThe pages that make up a website are stored on a computer that can then send them to people who want to read them. The computer is known as the host of the website. The host computer is always connected to the internet, and is usually located in a dedicated building with fast connections to the internet and back-up power supplies.
 
htmlHyperText Mark-up Language - authoring language used for creating and linking Web pages and contents. The various HTML standards can be found described in detail on the World Wide Web Consortium's website.
 
httpHypertext Transport Protocol - protocol for moving hypertext files around
 
httpsHyper text transfer protocol secure Similar to http, but the data is encrypted for security, used for online shopping and banking.
 
hypertextDocuments that contain links to other documents; selecting a link automatically displays the second document.
 


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