Associated With the WWW
The following is a description of some of the more common terms
you will hear when referring to the Web.
- This is an acronym for Uniform Resource Locator.
This is the address of the document that you want to look at.
The URL for the Math department's home page is http://math.bu.edu.
The first part of this (http:) says that the information you want
to retrieve is on a web server. The math.bu.edu part gives the
name of the Web server that the information you want to retrieve
is located on.
- This too is an acronymn for the language that is used to write
Web documents. It stands for HyperText Markup Language.
Writing your own HTML files requires an understanding of the HTML
- In order to be able to access the Web, you first need to be
able to access the internet. You then need software which will
let you look at all of the information available on the Web. This
is often referred to as browsing and the software that lets you
do this is called a browser. In the Math Department, the currently
preferred browser on the UNIX machines and Macs is called Netscape,
- Hyperlink or Link
- When you are browsing pages on the Web, you will find that
some of the text you see may be underlined or highlighted. This
is telling you that there is more information about this underlined
or highlighted word or phrase. If you are using a computer equipped
with a mouse, then all you need to do is point the mouse to the
underlined or highlighted word and click. You will be taken to
the place which has this additional information. This could be
at the same location or anywhere in the world.
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