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@ At Sign

. Dot

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BBS Bulletin Board Service




Dialog Box


Directory Path

Domain Name


email Electronic Mail

FAQ's Frequently Asked Questions

FTP File Transfer Protocol

GIF Graphics Interchange Format


Home Page



JPEG Joint Photographic Experts Group





Search Engine



URL Uniform Resource Locator




WYSIWYGWhat You See Is What You Get

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< > Angle Brackets: Angle Brackets around text indicate that all of the characters inside of the brackets should be treated as a single unit with no spaces between the text. This is useful when providing information in a handwritten or type format so that the user understands how the address is to be entered. When entering the web or mail address the "< >" are omitted.

@ At Sign: The @ sign is used in E-Mail addresses to separate the username from the domain name. This indicates that you (username) are "at" a particular electronic address.

. Dot: The period symbol called "dot" when used electronically is used to separate parts of the email address and URLs.

/ Forward Slash: Used to separate parts of URLs.

Archive: A collection of computer files stored on a server. FTP sites are typical examples of archives.

ASCII: An acronym for American Standard Code for Information Interchange, ASCII is the basic format for transferring files between different programs.

Attachment: A file, such as a spreadsheet, word processing document, photograph or diagram, or an additional item that is included with an email message.

BBS Bulletin Board Service: A service maintained by a computer that serves as an information hub for many computers. Often, users with similar interests subscribe to a BBS in order to post and receive messages.

Bookmark: A browser listing of favorite or useful websites. The bookmark is used instead of entering a URL.

Browser: A computer program for navigating the Internet. Most browsers display graphics and formatted pages and allow the user utilize hyperlinks to move around pages or from one site to another.

Click-and-Hold: To click and hold down the mouse button to perform a task. For example to move a window or object from one location to another.

Dialog Box: A window on the computer screen that prompts the user to make choices or confirm a command to let a program continue. Or, a box that permits the user to type or enter some data or information. After the data is entered, generally the enter key is used to post the information or allow the command to continue.

Directory: A list or collection of related computer files. When using Windows 95 or above, more often referred to as a folder. The use of a specific directory (folder) will assist in organizing and finding materials.

Directory Path: The sequence of directories and subdirectories that is used to open or find a specific file or to cause a command to function.

Domain Name: The string of letters that is used to identify a website or email address. The Domain Name has two parts, the first part is used to identify the server name. Then separated by a "." the second part identifies the type of organization operating the server. Common suffixes include .com (commercial), .edu (educational), .mil (military), .net (Network), .gov (government), .org (non-profit or organization) in addition, for domains outside of the use, a two letter country identifier is also used. (.uk United Kingdom)

Download: To transfer information electronically from one computer to another.

email Electronic Mail: Messages that are sent from the host to another person electronically using one of the various programs that manage email messages.

FAQ's Frequently Asked Questions: A file containing answers to common questions that new users of a program or service might ask. If you are new to a newsgroup or listserv, it may be to the users advantage to look in this section to see if a question that they have is included.

FTP File Transfer Protocol: A set of commands used to transfer files between computers on the Internet.

GIF Graphics Interchange Format: One of two common formats for image files associated with Web documents.

Header: The area in an email message that contains routing information - who sent the message, where the message originated, the date it was sent, the route it took and similar.

Home Page: A web page that is topically the main source of information about a particular person, group, or concept. Many people on the web create home pages about themselves for fun; these are also known as vanity pages. Also, the first page of a website.

Hyperlink: A highlighted word or picture within a hypertext document that when clicked takes you to another place within the document or to another document altogether.

Hypertext: Text that includes links or shortcuts to other documents, allowing the reader to easily jump from one text to related texts, and consequentially from one idea to another, in a non-linear fashion. Coined by Ted Nelson in 1965.

JPEG Joint Photographic Experts Group: An image compression standard for still photographs that is commonly used on the web.

Keyword: The term that is entered into a search engine's dialog box.

Listerv: An ongoing email discussion about a subject. Participants subscribe via a central service, and messages or information is mailed to all those that have subscribed. Listservs may have a moderator who manages information flow and content. LIST-SERV is software licensed by L-Soft International.

Plug-In: Add-on software to increase a browser's capabilities.

Post: Send a message to someone online or two an online message group.

Search Engine (Search Tool): Any one of various general and specialty programs that work with the browser to locate information, based on a keyword search.

Thread: 1. A series of postings on a particular topic. Threads can be a series of bulletin board messages (for example, when someone posts a question and others reply with answers or additional queries on the same topic). A thread can also apply to chats, where multiple conversation threads may exist simultaneously.

2. Also refers to an independent process taking place in a multi-tasking environment.

Thumbnail: A small rendering of an image. Often a thumbnail is used so the user can view a number of images at one time or to limit the time it takes for the full image to load.

URL Uniform Resource Locator: An addressing scheme used by World Wide Web browsers to locate resources on the Internet.

Utility: A small computer program that performs some very useful function. For example, utilities exist to convert files from one format to another, to compress files, to detect and eliminate viruses, and to defragment hard drives. Utilities fill the gaps in an operating system, providing useful features that were left out. As an operating system grows, it often incorporates the features that were previously delivered only by utilities.

Virtual: A commonly used adjective that means having all of the properties of x while not necessarily being x. For example, "virtual Friday" in a workplace is the last day of work before a break, that is to say it is like Friday but may or may not actually be Friday. A "virtual reality" is an artificial environment that appears to be its own reality. On a mainframe, a "virtual machine" gives the user all of the properties and "feel" of a separate personal computer.

Virus: An insidious piece of computer code written to damage systems. Viruses can be hidden in executable program files posted online.

WYSIWYGWhat You See Is What You Get: A catchphrase from the old TV show Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In that became a desktop publishing byword, WYSIWYG (pronounced "whizzy-wig") refers to any technology that enables you to see images onscreen exactly as they will appear when printed out. As scalable screen and printer fonts have become more sophisticated, and as graphical user interfaces have improved their display, people have come to expect everything to be WYSIWYG. But it isn't always the case--and certainly wasn't in the 1980s, when this term was first applied.

Additional Internet terms can be found at the following locations.

Net Dictionary
Glossary of Internet Terms

CNET Glossary

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This page was developed using Microsoft FrontPage 2000, using a standard format page that included a table with 4 cells.

Blank Cell Title
Text with Bookmarks to the definitions in the next column.

By using the table with a single cell insert for the photograph it provides the designer with the ability to arrange items inside in a variety of positions. Once the table is organized to fit the specific needs, then remove the lines and adjust cell padding. When viewed in the browser the cell lines will not be seen.

The second part of the page development was to use bookmarks on the page to provide links to the definitions. By using this technique the user will only have to scroll down a short distance using the left hand column to find the term then click on the link and the browser will quickly move to the bookmark.

Using Microsoft FrontPage 2000 the task is simple. Highlight the text as you would using a word processing program by placing the cursor at the start of one of the words that you would like to bookmark and then go to the top of the screen to the Insert pull down menu and click on Insert. Look down the menu and click on Bookmark. A pop up window or dialog box will appear. In the top of the box the text that is highlighted will be in the box, press enter and a bookmark is created. Then go to the left hand column enter a word or object that will be used as your link. Once the text is inserted, then highlight the text and right click a pop up window will appear and down at the bottom of the window will be "hyperlink" click on it and a dialog box will appear.

At the bottom left side of the dialog box you will find the optional box using the down arrow open the listing and scroll down until you find the item that you wanted to link.


Additional information on how to use bookmarks can be obtained from the help menu. If you are using Netscape as your browser and page editor go to the help menu and search for <anchor>.
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