A fast, reliable, digital connection to the
Internet, running about 50 times faster
than a typical 28.8 modem. This type of
ISDN line transmits data at 1.5 Mbits/sec.
Other ISDN lines are T2 (6 Mbits/sec) and
T3 (45 Mbits/sec).
Used in HTML to mark a documents'
structure. Their format is a sequence of
characters starting with a "<" and ending
with a ">".
(Transmission Control Protocol): Working
hand in hand with IP (hence they are often
seen together as TCP/IP), TCP ensures
data is transferred reliably over the
Internet. It keeps track of packets of data
sent over the Internet and reassembles
them into the right order. If any packets
don't arrive, it requests fresh copies from
If you're reading a certain newsgroup or
message board, you'll see many different
subtopics. These are called threads. All
responses to the initial post will be linked
by this "thread".
Acronym for tagged image file format, one
of the most widely supported file formats
for storing bit-mapped images on personal
computers (both PCs and Macintosh
computers). TIFF graphics can be any
resolution, and they can be black and
white, gray-scaled, or color. Files in TIFF
format often end with a .tif extension.
A system that allows a computer to control
at least a portion of a remote computer. It
is commonly used to provide off-site access
to such services as automated library
(Terms of Service): An official policy formed
by a web site to disallow any content or
behavior performed by users that is
unbecoming to the web site. Consequences
usually include termination of membership.
A computer operating system with powerful
networking features. Much of the internet
has been built on a foundation of UNIX
Uniform Resource Locator which describes
the "address" for a document on the
internet along with the protocol by which
the site or resource is accessed. The most
common protocol on the web is the HTTP
protocol. It is important to enter the
address correctly, for an extra space, a
capital letter, a missing or additional period
or slash will cause the address to most
likely not work.
The portion of the internet where thousands
of newsgroups are found. Topics range from
hobbies to religion and virtually everything
Stands for "Wide Area Network." A computer network serving a large geographic area, often through telephone lines or satellite links.
A "watermark" is a graphic that appears at
the back of the page but doesn't scroll
along with the rest of the page.
(Web Area Information Servers). A system
for searching through the contents of
indexed documents on the internet.
Wireless Fidelity technology, also known as 802.11b IEEE wireless technology, uses the same networking standards as Ethernet (wired networks), with comparable look and feel, for most everyday tasks.
A 802.11b wireless access point with a built-in Internet router. With a connection to a cable or DSL modem, the base station can give both wired and wireless computers simultaneous access to the Internet.
An internal or external card for your notebook that allows it to connect wirelessly to a wireless-enabled network in the office, coffee shops, bookstores, airports, or your home.
Stands for "Wireless Local Area Network." A series of interconnected PCs that communicate over the airwaves as if they were connected with wires.
(Pronounced "whizzy-wig"). This term
usually refers to website building software
that enables you to see images onscreen
exactly as they will appear on your
A collection of interconnected internet sites
that can be traversed through hypertext
links. In a graphical user interface
environment, these links are screen areas
that lead to other web sites when a mouse
is positioned on a link, and clicked. Web
sites can include text, graphics, input fields,
audio, video, and access to a wide range of
(EXtensible HyperText Markup Language):
Reformulation of HTML 4.01 in XML 1.0.
XHTML is the bridge between HTML and
(EXtensible Markup Language): Format for
structured documents, and other languages
and standards can be created with XML.
A form of paid inclusion where a search
engine is "fed" information about pages via
XML, rather than gathering that information
through crawling actual pages. Marketers
can pay to have their pages included in a
spider based search index either annually
per URL or on a CPC basis based on an
XML document representing each page on
the client site. New media types are being
introduced into paid inclusion, including
graphics, video, audio, and rich media.