Acrobat Acrobat is a set of applications developed by Adobe to create and read PDF files.
The freeware Acrobat Reader is used to read the PDF files. Also see PDF below.
Address The location of an Internet resource. An email address may be firstname.lastname@example.org, a web
address shall look like http://www.funnyjobs.co.au
Animation Animation is a timed sequence or series of graphic images or frames to give the movement.
ASP (Active Server Page) A dynamically generated web page, generally using ActiveX scripts. When a browser or a search engine spider
requests an ASP page from a server, the server generates the web page with HTML code and gives it to the browser
Bandwidth Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data that can travel a section of communication in a given time, usually
measured in seconds. Think of a water pipe, then bandwidth represents the cross sectional area of the
pipe that determines how much water can flow through it.
A 56K modem can carry maximum 56 KB of information per second. In reality the actual data transfer rate depends on
modem (also condition, temperature of the modem itself) as well as line (phone line) capacity, compuer specification and other situations.
Banner A banner is a graphic image (static, animated, or rich media) that is placed on web sites as an advertisement.
Typically a banner is a rectangular advertisement placed on a web page either
above, below or on the sides of main content and is linked to the advertiser's own web site.
Bits per second (bps) The speed at which bits (a unit to measure the amount) of information are transmitted
Bitmap Image (bmp) A graphic image stored as a specific arrangement of screen dots, or pixels. Web graphics are bitmap images.
A graphic which is defined by specifying the colors of dots or pixels which make up the picture.
Browser (or web browser) The software used to view, manage, and access web pages by interpreting hypertext and hyperlinks. The two
most common browsers are Netscape and Microsoft Internet Explorer. Web pages often appear differently
depending on the brand and version of the browser.
There are many other browsers such as AOL Browser, Opera, NeoPlanet and so on.
CSS Abbreviation for Cascading Style Sheet, a feature of HTML developed by the W3C. With Cascading Style sheets,
both web designers and end users can create style templates (sheet) that specifies how different text elements
(paragraphs, headings, hyperlinks, etc.) appear on a web page. Currently, not all browsers express CSS formatting
in the same manner.
Database A way of organizing data. Databases are very useful for storing and organizing data for later retrieval.
They are used for managing accounts, managing user information, creating guest books and bulletin boards.
DHTML Dynamic Hypertext Mark-up Language. DHTML is an HTML extension that allows web pages to react to the
users' input, such as displaying a web page based on the type of browser or computer.
Directory A directory (such as Yahoo directory) depends on people for listings. One important
difference between a search engine and a directory is that a directory does not make use of a spider or robot.
One of the defining characteristics of a directory is that it is usually divided into categories.
Directory is a database edited by Humans. Web sites are indexed by category.
Users can navigate through the categories to locate information. Most directories
offer searching options too.
DNS [Domain Name System (Service)] An Internet system/service that translates domain names into IP addresses. Domain names are alphabetic so
they're easier to remember. The Internet however, is really based on IP addresses.
Domain Name An unique name that identifies one or more IP addresses. Domain names are used in URLs' to identify particular
web sites. Every web site is located by its unique IP address.
Domain Name Extension Part after the dot in the domain name is a domain name extension. There are many domain name extensions
such as .com .net .org .gov .edu .mil .info .web .us .uk .cc .it .mx .ba and many others.
Downloading Downloading is a process by which users access and save or "pull down" software or other files to their own
computers from a remote computer, usually via a modem.
E-Commerce E-Commerce means conducting business on the Internet. It is mostly referred to buying and selling items on line.
That includes payment system.
Flash Browser independent vector and graphic animation technology owned by Macromedia Inc.. Most browsers support
Freeware Software distributed for free on the web.
FTP Stands for File Transfer Protocol. FTP allows you to copy or send files from one computer
to another via the Internet.
A typical method used for uploading files (pages) to a hosting server for viewing on the Internet.
GIF Stands for Graphics Interchange Format. GIF images are the widely used graphic format on the web.
GIF images display up to 256 colors. Good for geometric shapes such as maps.
Graphic backgrounds The bottom-most layer on a web page, usually with either a design or color.
A small graphic can be tiled to create a background texture for a web page.
Home page It is a first page (also referred as an opening page, start page or main page) of a Web site. This would technically
be your index page or default page of your directory.
Hosting Refers to a computer (or a network of computers) which has web server
software running on it, and connected to the Internet 24 hours a day.
Web site files are stored on these computers's memory.
HTML Abbreviation for Hypertext Markup Language; a cross-platform text-formatting system for creating web pages,
including copy, images, sounds, frames, animation, etc.
Hyperlink A hyperlink, more commonly called a link, is a connection between one web page to either (a) other
web pages on the same web site, or (b) web pages located on another web site. More specifically, a hyperlink is
a connection between one point of a hypertext document to another.
When visitor of a web site click with the mouse on a link (object or a text) then he/she is taken
to another web page where the link is pointing to. Different types of links are: text links, graphic links,
java links, form links.
Image map An image map is a graphic image containing multiple, clickable hyperlinks on it.
Information page A static web page that is designed, coded, and written primarily for a target audience but formatted for optimal
search engine and directory positioning.
Interactive A Web page is interactive when it response to the user's action, or in some way can interact with the user
Internet A global network connecting millions of computers. Each Internet computer, called a host, is independent.
The Internet is not synonymous with World Wide Web. The Internet and the Web are two related but separate things.
Intranet A private network that belongs to an organization, accessible only by the organization's
members, employees, or others with authorization.
IP [Internet Protocol] The method or protocol by which data is sent from one computer to another on the Internet. Each computer
(known as a host) on the Internet has at least one IP address that uniquely identifies it from all other computers
on the Internet.
Java Java is a programming language, created by Sun Microsystems, which allows small applications to be downloaded
into your computer for playback. Java can be used for animation as well as more complex
applications such as a calculator.
dynamic in terms of graphics and navigation.
JPEG Abbreviation for Joint Photographic Experts Group. File format for full-color and black-and-white graphic images.
JPEG images allow for more colors than GIF images and are thus good for complex pictures such as photos.
You can also change the resolutions, quality and size of files.
Kilobyte (KB) A kilobyte is a storage unit capable of storing 1,024 bytes of information.
LAN Local Area Network - A network of computers confined within a small area, such as an office building.
Meta-tag Meta-tags are HTML tags that can be used to identify the creator of a web page, what HTML specifications a
web page follows, the keywords and description of the page, etc.
Ulike normal HTML tags, meta tags do not affect how the page is displayed.
Modem A modem (modulator/demodulator) is the hardware required to connect telephone lines and is essential for dial-up
connections to the Internet.
MP3 MP3 is the file extension for MPEG, audio layer 3. Layer 3 is one of three coding schemes (layer 1, layer 2
and layer 3) for the compression of audio signals. MP3 files could be embedded into web site providing music
while visitors are viewing the site.
Multimedia A communication combining text with graphics, page layout, video, audio, animation, and so on.
Newbie A new Internet user.
Network A system of connected computers exchanging information with each other. A LAN is a relatively
smaller form of a network in comparison to the Internet, a world wide network of computers
Offline When you are not connected to the Internet, you are offline
Online If you are connected to the Internet, you are online.
Online marketing Online advertising is done exclusively on the web or through e-mail.
PDF Portable Document Format. Created by Adobe Systems in its software program Adobe Acrobat as a
universal browser. Files can be downloaded via the web and viewed page by page, provided the user's computer
has the necessary software (Acrobat reader).
Perl [Practical Extraction and Report Language] Perl is a server-side, interpreted language that provides much of the web's interactivity.
Pixel Refers to how monitors divide the display screen into thousands or millions of individual dots to display an
image. A pixel is one dot. Also used for physical size and resolution (pixels per inch) of graphic files.
PHP Abbreviation for Hypertext Pre-Processor.
A server-side, HTML embedded scripting language used to create dynamic Web pages. Designed for Windows
and Unix type platforms.
Plug-In A software extension that provides added capabilities to the browser, for purposes such as viewing, hearing,
or saving specially formatted files. Most plug-ins are available via the creator's web page for downloading.
POP Post Office Protocol - A method of storing and returning email.
Post A post is a single message sent to a newsgroup or message board.
Protocol A formal set of conventions that allow communication between two functional units.
It is a language that computers use to talk to each other. There are many such languages. Most
popular is TCP/IP used officially on the Internet.
Quick Time Video Quick Time Video is the Apple technology that allows video, digitized sound and music, 3D, and virtual reality
to be viewed on your web site. It's available for Macintosh and Windows-based computers.
Ranking Order of ranking (i.e., 1 being the highest) that a web site is shown for a specific search term in a
specific search engine. Search Engines utilize a ranking algorithm (mathematical formulas, variables, and
set of weights) to determine a site's ranking for a particular keyword or keyword phrase.
Resolution The resolution of an image describes how fine the dots are that make up that image. The more dots (per inch, for example), the
higher the resolution. When displayed on a monitor, the dots are called pixels.
Rich media Typically, a web site or banner ads that use technology more advanced than standard GIF animation.
Royalty-Free Photos or Images Photos, graphic or other intellectual property that are sold for a single fee and may be
used repeatedly by the purchaser. With royalty-free clauses, the company that sells you the images
still owns all of the rights to the images, and they are allowed for use only by the purchaser.
Search Engine A search engines is a program that searches documents (web pages) in its database for
specified keywords and returns the list of links to those documents that it considers relevent.
A search engine can have two parts, a spider and an indexer.
The spider is the program that fetches the documents, and the indexer reads the documents and creates an
index (database) based on the words or ideas contained in each document.
Search Engine Optimization You add title, appropriate keywords and phrases; and arrange the words and phrases in the web page body in
such a way that when a search engine search the results for a particular search terms, your web page come out at
a higher rank. Thus the greater chance to get more visitors.
The way search engines search are not the same. Some search engines actually store (index) the words they find
on the web pages discarding the meta tags. Some engines pay importance on meta tags, but the relationship
between meta tags and the words on the web page body also is calculated. Title of a web page could be considered
one of the most important words.
Spam The act of blindly sending commercial messages or advertisements to email users or
posting to newsgroups.
Spider/Robot A software program that search engines use when visiting web sites on the web, follows all of the links
(that it is able to follow), and catalogs the texts it finds on the pages.
SSI [Server-Side Includes] Tells a server to include information (source from a separate file) in a document before sending it to the browser.
A very effective method of producing the same information over many pages as one file can be altered to
produce the changes over many pages that include the SSI file.
Sub-Domain (Name) A sub-domain is a domain that is part of a larger domain name. DNS hierarchy consists of the root-level domain
at the top, underneath which are the top-level domains, followed by second-level domains and finally sub-domains.
Submission Forms (feed-back forms) Forms are web pages with fields for a user to fill in with information. They are an excellent way of collecting
and processing information from people visiting a website, as well as allowing them to interact with web pages.
Forms are written in HTML and processed by CGI programs. The output can be sent as an e-mail form,
stored online, printed, and/or returned to the user as an HTML page.
Thumbnail A small version of a graphic image.
Traffic Similar to a traffic on a road; traffic is a measurement of the
amount of users that visit a Web site.
Upload To copy a file from a local computer connected to the Internet to a remote computer. Opposite is download
URL Uniform Resource Locator and is an address referring to a document on the
Internet. The syntax of a URL consists of three elements:
- the protocol, or the communication language, that the URL uses;
- the domain name, or the exclusive name that identifies a web site; and
- the path name of the file to be retrieved, usually an HTML document.
For example, the URL for a home page is commonly written as:
The http:// is the protocol.
The www.name.com is the domain name.
The index.html is the path name.
Usability Level or degree of a page's operating friendliness for the user.
Validation Validation is a way to make sure that your (HTML) code is compliant with current HTML specifications.
W3C [World Wide Web Consortium] Established in October 1994 to lead the World Wide Web to its full potential by developing common
protocols that promote its evolution and ensure its interoperability.
WAN Wide Area Network - A system of connected computers spanning a large geographical area.
Web Based E-mail Web based e-mail is a software on a POP3 server that allows you to access your
POP accounts by simply using a web-browser. It allows users to send and receive emails via any web-browser
by viewing an HTML web page. For example hotmail.
Web page One of the pages on the web site including home page.
Web site A web site is a collection of web pages generally formatted in HTML that
could contain text, graphic images, and multimedia effects,
WWW [World Wide Web] A way of accessing information over the medium of the Internet. Browsers, such as Internet Explorer or
Netscape are utilized to access the vast collection of interconnected (hyperlinked) documents on the web.
Or a system of Internet servers that support specially formatted documents. The documents are formatted in
HTML that supports links to other documents, as well as graphics,
audio, and video files.