INTERNET GLOSSARY

BOOKMARKS�a file of links stored in a browser for quick, easy access to Web pages without remembering or typing the URL.

BROWSER�software package that allows you to navigate Web pages.

BUTTON�an active element on a Web page that allows a user to select another page or information.

BYTES�the number of bits of information stored on a page or file, often expressed in kilobytes (thousands), megabytes (millions), or gigabytes (billions).

CLICK�to place your cursor over a link or button and physically click the button on your mouse.

COOKIE�information automatically stored on your computer by a Web browser to identify you and tailor information based on your interests; often slipped onto your computer when you visit a site.

DOWNLOAD�to transfer a file from a Web site to your personal computer.

DROP-DOWN-BOXES-text lists that drop down from a menu from which you can make choices.

FAQs�frequently asked questions, a common feature on Web sites.

FIELDS�areas in an electronic form to fill in information, such as a name or phone number.

FIREWALL�security measures meant to protect a networked system from unauthorized or unwelcome intrusion.

FORM�interactive Web page that allows users to submit information or pre-formatted requests or queries or to answer pre-formatted questions.

HARDWARE�the electronic or mechanical equipment of your computer.

HOME PAGE�the first page of a Web site, sometimes after a �splash page.�

ICONS�graphic representations of functions on software toolbars.

INTERNET�the worldwide network of interconnected computers that includes a graphic portion known as the World Wide Web (or �the Web�).

ISP (Internet Service Provider)�a company or organization that maintains a connection to the Internet, often a commercial enterprise or university.

LINKS�a hypertext connection between Web pages or sites.

LOGIN-IN or LOGIN-ON ID-account name used to access a computer system; also, to gain access to a computer system.

MENU BAR�a list of choices on a Web page.

PLUG IN'S-a small program added to a larger program to allow the larger program to do more and or specific applications.

QUCIKTIME*�a special application for viewing movies.

SCREEN RESOLUTION�number of pixels high and wide your screen is set to display, such as 640 x 480 and 600 x 800.

SEARCH ENGINE�a Web site that helps users locate information on other Web sites.

SERVER�a computer system that manages, delivers, and stores Web sites.

SHOCKWAVE*�a plug-in program that helps interactive multimedia presentations to play in a browser window.

SOFTWARE�any computer program that instructs the hardware how to work.

SPALSH PAGE�an introductory page that attracts users to your site and which leads into your home page.

STREAMING�software that allows viewing a continuous stream of a multimedia file without first downloading the entire file.

TIMEOUT�breaking of a connection to a Web site after a determined amount of inactive time.

TOOLBAR�selectable options on a software window, usually shown graphically.

URL (Universal Resource Locator)�the Internet �address� of a Web page.

VIEWER�a program or add-on used to view graphic images, video, or animation, often in a Web page.

WEB�shortened jargon for World Wide Web.

*QuickTime is a registered trademark of Apple Computers, Inc., Cupertino, CA.; *Shockwave is a trademark of Macromedia, Inc., San Francisco, CA