|General Terms and Definitions|
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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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This page was developed using Microsoft FrontPage 2000, using a standard format page that included a table with 4 cells.
|Text with Bookmarks to the definitions in the next column.||
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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