you are looking for a specific term, select the first letter of the term from
the alphabet above.
Or you may scroll through the terms using the scroll bar
to the right.
- If you tilt your head to the left to look at this term, you will see that
someone is smiling at you.
- ActiveX is a model for writing programs. ActiveX technology is used to
make interactive web pages that look and behave like computer programs, rather
than static pages. With ActiveX, users can ask or answer questions, use push
buttons, and interact in other ways with the web page.
- Short for Web Browser; it's the tool (program) that allows you to surf the web. You probably used
your Web Browser to locate this page. The most popular Web Browsers right now
are Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer.
- Chat Room
- A place on the Internet where people go to "chat" with other people in the
room. Actually there are thousands of these Chat Rooms. The rooms are usually
organized by topic. For example in a Michigan Room you would expect that most
of the participants in the room are probably from Michigan or a Gay room,
where the participants are usually gay. When you're in a Chat Room you can
view all of the conversations taking place at once on your screen. You can
also get into a private chat room where only you and one or two others may
talk. This can be an inexpensive way to keep up with friends and relatives who
- A crucial computer term. Chocolate is what you eat when you get frustrated
with web functions such as searching for specific items, writing web pages, or
just being a Newbie.
- A "cookie" is an Internet site's way of keeping track of you. It's a small
program built into a web page you might visit. Typically you won't know when
you are receiving cookies. Ideally a cookie could make your surfing easier by identifying you,
tracking sites you visit, topics you search, and get a general feel for your
preferences. This can make surfing easier, faster, more personal, and more
efficient. It can also be used to collect your e-mail address for marketing (spamming) purposes. You can set your
browser to warn you before you accept cookies or not accept them at all. Check
your (advanced) browser settings. Keep in mind that some secure sites, such as
stock trading sites, won't work if you don't accept their cookies.
- A number on many web pages that will count the number of hits or count the
number of times the page has been accessed. Basically, it counts the number of
people that have visited that page.
- A person who breaks into a site through a computer's security. While
Basically the same thing as a "Hacker", a Cracker is sometimes
considered to be more malicious and destructive.
- Term used to describe the Internet; the term was coined by science-fiction
novelist William Gibson in 1984 in Neuromancer.
- Domain Name
- The highest level name of the web site. For example, The domain name for
USA Today Online is usatoday. If you type usatoday in the location area on
your browser, you will be connected directly to USA Today Online. A site does
not have to have its own domain name. I use tripod to host my web site and
thus their domain name is included in my Internet address:
- The transfer of information from the Internet to your computer. Every time
you instruct your computer system to retrieve your mail, you are downloading
your mail to your computer. You may also download programs to your computer.
However, be careful about downloading files or programs from a site in which you are not familiar.
You could download a virus and
never know it until it's too late.
- Electronic-mail. This tool is usually provided by your ISP. It allows you to send and receive
mail (messages) over the Internet. Through e-mail you can write your friends,
ask your ISP a technical question
about your service, or even receive an Internet birthday card.
- An acronym for Frequently Asked Questions. FAQ is exactly what it sounds
like: Frequently Asked Questions, with the answers of course. FAQ usually
serves as a mini-help file.
- An acronym for File Transfer Protocol. It's the tool you would use to
transfer files through the Internet from one computer to another. For example,
you would use an FTP to upload
your web page from where you built it (like your computer at home) to a web
site (like this one) so that all of your friends and neighbors can look at it.
- Invented at the University of Minnesota and named after its mascot, this
is the direct precursor, in both concept and function, to the World Wide Web.
- Hypertext Mark-up Language. HTML is not really a programming language, but
a way to format text by placing marks around the text. For example HTML allows
you to make a word bold or underline it. Early word processing programs used
to work this way. HTML is the foundation for most web pages.
- Hypertext Transfer Protocol. A protocol that tells computers how
to communicate with each other. You will notice most web page locations begin
- Also known as a "Cracker", a Hacker is a person who breaks into a site
through a computer's security.
- Text on a web page that links the user to another web page. The hypertext,
or links will usually be a different color than the other text on the page and
is usually underlined.
- Media (such as pictures, videos, and audio), on a web page that links the
user to another web page by clicking on the media.
- The computer on which a web site is physically located.
- An acronym for Internet Relay Chat. Worldwide real-time conferencing on
the Internet, There are hundreds, maybe thousands of IRC channels, also called
chat rooms. These chat rooms
typically focus on specific topics, issue or commonality.
- Internet Service Provider. This is your connection to the Internet. You
use an ISP to connect onto the Internet every time you log on.
- Originally called ARPANET after the Advanced Research Projects Agency of
the U.S. Department of Defense. This electronic network connects the hosts
together so that you may go from one web page to another efficiently. The
electronic connection began as a government experiment in 1969 with four
computers connected together over phone lines. By 1972, universities also had
access to what was by then called the Internet.
- A programming language that developers use to create applets, small
programs that are embedded in Web pages and that run when a user accesses the
page or clicks on a certain area. If you have visited sites that play sounds,
have animated figures trotting across the screen, or display scrolling text,
you have already seen Java.
- A word you might use to search for a Web site. For example, searching the
Web for the keyword "Dictionary" or "Terms" might help you find this site.
- An acronym for Laugh Out Loud. Look for it in your e-mail, or chat rooms.
- A computer small enough to sit on your lap. The laptop computer's small
size allows you to take it almost anywhere and access the Internet. Great if
you travel a lot and don't want to go too long without your e-mail.
- A link will transport you from one Internet site to another with just a
click of your mouse. Links can be text or graphic and are recognizable once
you know what to look for. Text links usually will be underlined and often a
different color than the rest of the text on your screen. A graphic link
usually has a frame around it. For example at the bottom of this page the
mailbox is a link as well as the text in the yellow boxes.
- Short for download and upload. If someone asks how long
did the page take to load? He/She is referring to the time it takes a page to
appear on your screen. If a web page is loading slow it means that it's taking
a long time to fully appear on your screen. You can often scroll through a page and look at
the parts that have loaded while the rest of the page continues to load. Also,
you can usually click a link on
the page you are loading and link to another page without waiting for the
current page to fully load.
- An Internet address. While you are in your browser (which you are probably
in now) you will see a section at the top of the page that is titled
"location". If you look right now you will see that the location of this web
page is http://members.tripod.com/donlevi/Terms%20and%20Definitions.htm
If you type in
the address of someone's web page and hit enter, your browser will take you to
that page. However the address you type in the location bar must be an
- Short for Modulator-demodulator devices. Modems allow computers to
transmit information to one another via an ordinary telephone line.
- Short for Internet.
- You! (Louise Crist)
- Also called usenets, they are groups that often have nothing to do with
news. Newsgroups are ongoing discussion groups among people on the Internet
who share a mutual interest.
- Having access to the Internet. You are online right now. Often people will
say they are online meaning they have access to the Internet and have an
e-mail address, but may not necessarily be connected to the Internet at that
- What you need while surfing the web. Some web pages seem to take forever
to fully appear on your screen.
- What you often need to learn anything, including becoming proficient on
- A set of rules that lets computers agree how to communicate over the
- To look at the parts of the page that fall below (or above) what you see
on your screen. The long bar at the far right of this screen is a scroll bar.
The small square in it will allow you to scroll through the rest of this page.
Just place your mouse pointer over the square, hold down the left click button
on the mouse and slide the square up or down. You will see this page move. You
are now scrolling.
- A place on the Internet. Every web page has a location where it
resides which is called it's site. And, every site has an address usually
beginning with "http://."
- Spam (or Spamming)
- The Internet version of junk mail. Spamming is sending the same message to
a large number of users, usually to advertise something. E-mail address may be
collected using cookies or a
mailing list from a newsgroup.
- The process of "looking around" the Internet. You're doing it now.
- Trojan Horse
- Like the Trojan horse of mythology, Trojan horse viruses pretend to be one
thing when in fact they are something else. Typically, Trojan horses take the
form of a game that deletes files while the user plays.
- An acronym for Uniform Resource Locator. It's the address of each web
site. It usually begins with "http://"
- The process of transferring information from your computer to another
computer through the Internet. Every time you send e-mail to someone you are
- A collection of so-called news groups that have nothing to do with news.
Usenets are ongoing discussion groups among people on the Internet who share a
- User ID
- This is the unique identifier (like your logon name) that you use to
identify yourself on a computer. You probably typed your User ID (and
password) when you logged onto the Internet today.
- Your computer can get a virus just like your body can be invaded with a
virus making you (or your computer) sick. A virus can wipe out information on
your computer and create major havoc. Viruses usually originate from malicious
people. You can unintentionally download virus from a web site or get it from
a disk that someone has lent you. There are virus-checking programs, but there
are new viruses popping up every day. So the best defense against a virus is
to be very careful not to download programs or data from a site you're not
- An acronym for Wide Area Information System which basically means lots of
large databases you can search through. It was designed by WAIS Corp. as a way
of accessing very large databases.
- An acronym for the World
- Short for the World Wide
- Web Browser
- The tool (program) that allows you to surf the web. You probably used
your Web Browser to locate this page. The most popular Web Browsers right now
are Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer.
- Web Page
- Every time you are on the Internet, you are looking at a Web Page. Yes
that includes this page.
- World Wide Web
- A full-color, multimedia database of information on the Internet. Like the
name implies the World Wide Web is a universal mass of web pages connected
together through links.
Theoretically, if you clicked on every link on every web page you would
eventually visit every corner of the world without ever leaving your computer
chair. Of course you would also have to live until you were about a million
years old and computers were antiquated technology.
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