A generally short program written in an interpreted language such
as Perl or Java. Scripts usually provide simple instructions for
data and browser management.
Submitting a word or phrase to a web catalog or engine and receiving
a series of URLs containing the word or phrase. Search engines have
become an important method of locating data on the web.
Software that searches through a database located on you computer.
At Web-based search engines, surfers type in a keyword query (descriptor
words), and the search engine responds with a list of all the sites
in its database fitting the query description.
Software which prevents network transactions from being decoded,
thus preserving the privacy of credit card numbers and other sensitive
information. When a URL points to a web page stored on a secure
Web server, the URL always begins with https ://. In Netscape, the
broken key at the bottom of the screen becomes whole, a blue rule
appears at the top of the screen and the Location box becomes a
Website box when a secure server is contacted.
A secure transaction is a transaction between a browser and a server
that both support the same security protocol. When a URL points
to a Web page stored on a secure Web server, the URL always begins
Software, utilities and hardware which prevent data and applications
from being inappropriately accessed or destroyed.
A computer and software that maintains information and applications
accessed by distributed users. A program running on an Internet
site that makes the web pages at that site available to browsers
throughout the Internet.
Server Side Imagemap
A graphic with sub-areas that are linked to different URLs. The
MAP that relates parts of the image to different URLs is stored
on the server.
Standard Generalized Markup Language.
A simple coding language using hard-coded tags to represent markup.
An SGML document is a sequence of characters organized physically
as a set of entities and logically into a hierarchy of elements.
An SGML document consists of data characters and markup; the markup
describes the structure of the information and an instance of that
A program from Macromedia for viewing
files created with Macromedia Director. Shockwave is now freely
available as a plug-in for the Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer
web browsers. A technology developed by Macromedia, Inc, that allows
the user to view Web pages with multimedia objects, such as audio,
animation, video, and processes user actions such as mouse clicks.
Simple Mail Transfer Protocol
Digitizing voices, music, etc.. so they
can be played by a computer. Popular sound file formats include
AU, WAV, SND, MPEG, MIDI, AIFF.
The simultaneous download and display of a video or audio file.
A form input attribute that transfers
data from a form to a script or mailto action.
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HTML tag used for element layout. Tables are useful not only for
the desirable capability of organizing tabular data such as statistics
by row and column, but especially for the feature of laying out
any element of the HTML language.
for Transmission Control Protocol. both the protocol and software
that ensure that data sent over the Net arrive in the correct order.
Control Protocol/Internet Protocol. A group of protocols that specify
how computers communicate over the Internet. All computers on the
Internet need TCP/IP software.
also IP Address.
Internet command that allows your computer to directly connect and
interact with remote computers, often through a text-based 'terminal'
environment. Often involves the need for passwords and access information.
client that displays the text elements and hyperlinks of Web pages,
such as lynx.
the highlighted header or title, usually underlined in search tools.
The title displayed in search engines is generally from the "meta"
field called title, which is not mandatory in HTML coding. Sometimes
you retrieve a document with "No Title" as its supposed
title; this is caused when the meta-title field is left blank. In
Alta Vista and some other search tools, title: search also matches
on the "meta" field, which contains document descriptors
not displayed on the Web.
process in which a single (small) image is duplicated horizontally,
vertically or both to create the illusion of a large version of
the small image.
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