archive:Single file containing a group of files that have been compressed for efficient storage
attachment: File that is attached to an e-mail, rather than included in the letter.
attribute: Provides more information about the address, such as what page of the site is displayed.
background: The color or pattern under the text in the document.
baud: Number of symbols per second that a modem transports along a phone line; the higher the number, the faster the transfer.
BBS: Electronic system allowing posting and reading of messages or pictures. Also known as Newsgroups.
binary: File consisting of information that is not only text, such as pictures or sounds.
bit: Smallest unit of measure of computer data.
bookmark: Marks the Web site so it can be reached directly, and returned to easily.
browser: Program that allows you to read information on the World Wide Web.
byte: Group of eight bits. Computer memory is measured in bytes.
chat: Real-time talking with others on the Internet via typing, sending, and reading messages.
cyberspace: Term used to describe the Internet, as if it were its own electronic world.
domain name: Part of the name of an Internet address, to the right of @.
download: Transfer of document or picture from Internet to home computer.
e-mail: Electronic mail, used to exchange messages between computers via the Internet.
emoticon: Characters used to express feeling. :-) is a smiley.
external image: Images not in the Web document, but connected by a link.
FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions, area of web site where typical questions are addressed.
firewall: Security system limiting access by outsiders to the system of a Web site.
flame: To post angry or insulting messages.
form: Allows readers to add information to a site, i.e. a survey, etc.
FTP: File Transfer Protocol. Tool that determines how files are transferred between computer systems.
GIF: Graphics Interchange Format - Graphics files which allow the viewing of images.
gigabyte: 1,000,000,000 bytes of data
gopher: Older Internet system allowing you to search a series of lists to narrow your search.
hard drive: Component on the computer where the software (programs) are stored.
hardware: A computer and its peripherals (monitor, etc.)
header: Beginning of e-mail message containing to and from information, date, subject, etc.
home page: Currently means any page on the Web.
host: Any computer system connected to the Internet.
hotlist: List of bookmarks.
HTML: HyperText Markup Language - Language system used to create Web pages.
HTTP: HyperText Transfer Protocol Transfers documents across the Internet.
ISP: Internet Service Provider.
Internet: International system of computers, similar to the telephone system.
IRC: Internet Relay Chat. System used for talking to others using the Internet.
JPG: Compressed graphic image formats on the Web.
link: Connection that moves viewer directly between two Web documents. Also called hotlinks.
listserv mailing lists: Group of programs that manage mailing lists, including distributing messages, adding and deleting members, etc.
log on/log off: To connect or disconnect from the online service/Internet.
megabyte: Common measure of computer memory.
MIDI: Way to transmit music over the Internet.
MIME Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions - Used to send text, pictures, files, etc.
modem: Allows your comuter to transfer information via phone lines or cable
moderated newsgroup: Newsgroup run by a user who can eliminate irrelevant or offensive messages.
multimedia format: Video, sound or image, which plays within the browser window.
netiquette: Network etiquette, the rules of etiquette on the Internet.
Netscape Navigator: Popular browser on the Web.
network: Computers that are connected together.
newsgroups: Discussion groups, where people request or post text or photos of interest. Also known as bulletin boards.
page: A Web document.
password: Code to keep information private.
PICS: Rating system designed to inform viewer what type of material is on the web site.
post: To "publish" an article, message, or picture on a bulletin board.
protocol: Language that defines how computers/software communicate with each other.
RAM: Random Access Memory, where computer stores data during processing.
Real Audio: Allows individuals to listen to audio programs over the Internet
search engine: Program that lets you search for information on the Web, using words or series of words. Some search engines include:
server: Computer that provides information to client computers. A single server can provide programs and Internet access for a number of computers.
service provider: A company which provides a connection to the Internet.
shareware: Computer programs which can be downloaded from the Internet, to be paid for after a trial period.
software: The programs that run on a computer.
spam: Massive, junk e-mailing
text files: Files containing characters only, without formatting. Also called ASCII or RTF.
text-based browser: Browser which shows text, but not images.
upload: Transfer of document from home computer to Internet.
URL: Uniform Resource Locator. The "address" of a page on the Web.
Usenet: System of thousands of newsgroups.
viewer: Program allowing you to play Web files, like video clips.
Virtual Reality: Computer simulation that responds to reactions so the user feels as though he is in another world.
virus: A computer program, or "bug" in a program, which can foul up a computer system.
WAV file: Format for sound files on the Internet ( .wav files)
web page: Document on the World Wide Web.
web server: Program that makes Web documents available to Web browsers.
web site: A collection of documents about a certain subject.
World Wide Web: Software system on the Internet, also known as "the Web," and "WWW."
zip file: Compressed file that must be "unzipped" for opening.
zone: Last part of the host hame on the Internet, either geographic, or organizational, i.e. .com, .gov, .org
com - commercial organization