Glossary - W
- WAIS (Wide-Area Information Service)
- a collection of programs that implement a specific protocol for information
retrieval, able to index large-scale collections of data round the Internet. WAIS
provides content-oriented query services to WAIS clients, and is one of the more
powerful Internet search tools available.
- shorthand for the World-Wide Web (or W3), we also use Web in this book to
refer to a related, interlinked set of HTML documents.
- Web pages
- synonym for HTML documents, we use Web pages in this book to refer to sets
of related, interlinked HTML documents, usually produced by a single author or
- Web server
- a computer, usually on the Internet, that plays host to httpd and related
- Web site
- an addressed location, usually on the Internet, that provides access to the
set of Web pages that correspond to the URL for a given site; thus a Web site
consists of a Web server and a named collection of Web documents, both accessible
through a single URL.
- white space
- the "breathing room" on a page, this refers to the parts of a
document or display that aren't occupied by text or other visual elements. A
certain amount of white space is essential to make documents attractive and readable.
- Windows (aka MS-Windows)
- Microsoft's astonishingly popular (and sometimes frustrating) GUI environment
for PCs, Windows is the GUI of choice for most desktop computer users.
- the Windows version of a popular Web browser developed at MCC.
- World-Wide Web (aka WWW or W3)
- the complete collection of all Web servers available on the Internet, which
comes as close to containing the "sum of human knowledge" as anything
we've ever seen.
- WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get)
- a term used to describe text editors or other layout tools (like HTML
authoring tools) that attempt to show their users on-screen what final,
finished documents will look like.
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