Glossary of e-Terms
Browser: Short for Web browser; it's the tool (program) that allows you to surf the Web. The most popular are Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer.
Cyberspace: Term used for the Internet coined by sci-fi novelist William Gibson in 1984.
Download: The transfer of information from the Internet to your computer.
http: Hypertext Transfer Protocol. A protocol that tells computers how to communicate with each other. Most Web page locations begin with http://
Hypertext: Text on a Web page that "links" the user to another page. It is distinguished from other text by color or underlining.
Internet, or Net: Electronic network connecting computers worldwide.
Online: Having access to the Net. Often people say they are online, meaning they have access to the Net and an e-mail address, but may not be connected at that moment.
Site: A place on the Net. Every Web page "resides" at a site.
Surfing: The process of "looking around" the Internet.
World Wide Web: A full-color, multimedia database of information on the Internet.