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P&S Journal: Fall 1995, Vol.15, No.3
Plugging P&S into the:Technological Age: by Doug Brunk
A Glossary of Computer Technology Terms

  • Internet: A collection of computer networks around the world that can be accessed from universities and organizations directly wired in as well as from any home computer with a modem Surf (as in "Surfing The Net"): Viewing information on computers on the Internet
  • World Wide Web: A method of displaying multimedia information on the Internet (also called WWW or the Web)
  • Home Page: An intro-ductory screen for a person or organization that others can access on the Web, comparable, in some cases, to a table of contents in a book and, in other cases, to a company brochure or a resume
  • HyperText: An information design methodology that encourages interconnections between related resources
  • HTML: HyperText Markup Language, the coding system used to design information for use on the Web so links can be made from one information source to another
  • Browser: Software used to connect to and view the Web Netscape: Currently the most popular full-featured graphics browser for viewing the Web
  • Mosaic: The pioneer graphics browser for viewing the Web
  • Lynx:

    A text-only browser for viewing the Web

  • URL: Universal Resource Locater, an address of an Internet resource
  • E-mail (electronic mail): Using computers to send messages and files to other computer users
  • Online Publishing: Making information available for use over computer networks. The information can come from other media (e.g., books or magazines) or may be designed specifically for computer delivery.

    Virtual: Information whose computer presentation is different from its physical existence (e.g., a virtual endoscope is a computer simulation of a physical endoscope; a virtual book is an online publication for which there may or may not be a physical book equivalent)

  • Multimedia: The use of images, animation, movies, sound, and other features to supplement textual information
  • CD-ROM: A storage medium capable of storing large amounts of files and data using disks similar to audio compact disks Interactive: The ability of software to gather and respond to information supplied by the user in real time. In its best sense, interactive is the ability of the software to change the level, quality, and type of information presented based on minute-by-minute changes the user makes with the mouse, the keyboard, or other input devices.

    Source: Jeff Zucker , coordinator of online publishing and Internet services for the Center for Academic Information Technology

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