Internet and WWW Information
"The Internet" is
the catch-all term used to describe the massive world-wide network of computers used for
communication. The word internet literally means "network of networks."
In itself, the Internet is comprised of thousands of smaller regional networks scattered
throughout the globe. On any given day, the Internet connects roughly 20 million users in
over 50 countries.
Having access to the Internet usually means that one has access to a number of basic
- Electronic mail
- Interactive conferences ("chats")
- Access to information resources
- Network news
- File transfer
Although many people use the terms "World Wide Web" and "Internet"
interchangeably, they are not the same thing. The Internet is the network
of computers that makes electronic mail, the World Wide Web, and other forms of online
communication possible; it is a physical entity. The World Wide Web is the
"global information repository" that can be found online ( Wired
Style, 1996). It has become the most widely used component of the
Documents on the World Wide Web are written in hypertext, which is a system of coding
text that can create links between electronic documents. It is possible to move back and
forth between documents by clicking on hyperlinks
with your computer's mouse. The Web is a multimedia environment that gives users
access to pictures, audio files, and even movies.
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