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Basic Internet Terms

    Software installed on your computer that enables WWW servers and other web site addresses on the Internet to be viewed, i.e. Netscape Navigator/Communicator, Microsoft Internet Explorer. Wild Apache's installation CD gives the choice of installing Netscape Communicator or Internet Explorer.

    Electronic Mail (E-mail)
    A service, run on the Internet, allowing users to send and receive text messages, graphics, sound and video through the computer. E-mail has 3 basic parts: username or user ID, symbol @ which stands for at, domain name or host name. Example: [email protected].

    Home Page
    First, or introductory page of a web site.

    HTML (Hypertext Markup Language)
    The computer language that is used to design web pages. It allows the designer to create special text characters (i.e. bold, italic, size, color), and place images and photos. It determines how the page will appear to the viewer.

    A connection between one web page and another. Links are usually denoted in colored, underlined text. A hand with a pointing finger also indicates a link. Clicking on a hyperlink takes you directly to the linked page or site.

    The world's largest network. Group of local networks (i.e. users connected to their local ISPs) connected to a main network (the Internet) throughout the world. The connection between the ISP and the Internet is established through high-speed phone lines.

    ISP (Internet Service Provider)
    An organization which allows computer users to dial in and use their Internet connection for a fee. They usually provide an Internet connection, e-mail addresses and web browsers. i.e. Wild Apache Internet Service Provider.

    Modem (Modulator/Demodulator)
    Equipment (hardware) that connects a computer to an ISP using a phone line. The modem can either be internal (lives inside your computer) or external (lives outside your computer) and is required for home access to the Internet.

    Two or more computers connected to each other via ethernet cables. Specialized software is employed so information can be shared among the connected computers.

    Search Engine
    A web site that allows you to type in a subject of interest and responds by finding sites related to the topic. They display their results with Titles and a description of each site. They also provide links to the sites. Some available search engines: AltaVista, Excite, Infoseek, Beaucoup, Yahoo.

    URL (Uniform Resource Locator)
    Addresses of web sites on the Internet. Wild Apache's URL is www.wildapache.net.

    World Wide Web (WWW)

    A service that runs on the Internet network. People set up WWW addresses so that the general public can access their sites through browsers (i.e. Netscape or Internet Explorer)

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