Glossary - T
- the formal name for an element of HTML markup, usually enclosed in angle
brackets (< >).
- TCP (Transmission Control Protocol; see TCP/IP)
- the transport layer protocol for the TCP/IP suite, TCP is a reliable,
connection-oriented protocol that usually guarantees delivery across a network.
- TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol)
- the name for the suite of protocols and services used to manage network
communications and applications over the Internet.
- when a network communication session is ending, the two computers agree
to stop talking, and then systematically break the connection, and recover
the port addresses and other resources used for the session. This process
is called teardown.
- literally, someone who's afraid of technology, this term is more commonly
applied to those who don't want to understand technology, simply to use it!
- the Internet protocol and service that lets you take a smart computer (your
own, probably) and make it emulate a dumb terminal over the network. Briefly,
Telnet is a way of running programs and using capabilities on other computers
across the Internet.
- literally, a model to imitate, we use the term template in this book to
describe the skeleton of a Web page, including the HTML for its heading and
footer, and any consistent layout and navigation elements for a page or set
- terminal emulation
- the process of making a full-fledged, standalone computer act like a
terminal attached to another computer, terminal emulation is the service
that Telnet provides across the Internet.
- test plan
- the series of steps and elements to be followed in conducting a formal
test of software or other computerized systems; we strongly recommend that
you write -- and use --a test plan as a part of your Web publication process.
- text controls
- any of a number of HTML tags, including both physical and logical markup,
text controls provide a method of managing the way that text appears within
an HTML document.
- a method of browser operation that displays characters only. Text-mode
browsers cannot display graphics without the assistance of helper applications.
- another measure of communications capability, this term refers to the
amount of data that can be "put through" a connection in a given
period of time. It differs from bandwidth in being a measure of actual
performance, rather than a theoretical maximum for the medium involved.
- a miniature rendering of a graphical image, used as a link to the
- the text supplied between <TITLE> ... </TITLE> defines
the text that will show up on that page's title bar when displayed, and
is also used as data in many Web search engines.
- token ring
- the second most common type of local-area networking technology in use,
token ring is always and forever associated with IBM, since they helped to
develop and perfect this type of network. It takes its name from passing
around special "permits to transmit" called tokens, in a ring-shaped pattern
around the network, to give all attached devices a fair chance to broadcast
information whenever they need to.
- transparent GIF
- a specially-rendered GIF image that will take on the background color
selected in a browser capable of handling such GIFs. This makes the graphic
blend into the existing color scheme and provides a more professional-looking page.
- tree structure(d) (see hierarchical structure)
- computer scientists like to think of hierarchies in graphical terms, which
makes them look like upside-down trees (a single root at the top, multiple
branches below). File systems and genealogies are examples of tree structured
organizations that we're all familiar with, but they abound in the computer
world. This type of structure also works well for certain Web document sets,
especially larger, more complex ones.
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