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1. ACROBAT A software program by Adobe that creates and reads
.pdf (portable document format) files.
2. ALPHA The first testing stage of a new program. The alpha stage
occurs before a program becomes a beta version. [TOP]
3. ANCHOR A synonym for a hyperlink. [TOP]
4. ANONYMOUS A way of logging on to servers as a guest, which gives you
limited access to that server. Many FTP sites allow you to login
anonymously in order to download files. Directories or files
requiring a secure User ID and Password will not be accessible. [TOP]
5. APPLET A small Java- and JavaScript-based Web application. Applets can
display animation, perform database queries, or make other Web
page enhancements.
6. ARCHIE A tool used for searching FTP sites for various program files. [TOP]
7. ARCHIVE There are two Internet-oriented definitions of
A group of files compressed into a single file, which is then
used for storage or transfer. Common archive types include .zip
and .tar.
Internet sites that house files for its users to download. [TOP]
8. ASCII American Standard Code for Information Interchange. This is the
basic clear-text Latin characters. There are 128 standard ASCII
codes, each of which can be represented by a 7 digit binary
number: 0000000 through 1111111. [TOP]
9. ADSL Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line. Delivers and receives
information on current telephone lines at higher bandwidth
speeds. ADSL is a new form of Internet connection rapidly
growing in the US. [TOP]
10. ATTRIBUTE Permission set on a file (such as read/write/execute) to allow
certain rights to groups, owners, and public users of that file,
i.e. .cgi, .pl, class files. This is done through a telnet or
FTP session. [TOP]
11. Background The background is like a canvas on top of which characters and
graphics are placed. Some monitors allow you to control the
color or shading of the background. Also referred to as a
Background Tile. [TOP]
12. BAUD The "baud rate" of a modem is how many bits it can send or
receive per second. Your modem uses this measurement to tell you
what speed you are connected at or transferring. [TOP]
13. BBS Bulletin Board System. A computer that allowed users to dial-up
and connect from remote computers and acted as a central meeting
place to chat or play games. The Internet has largely replaced
the BBS. BBSes were generally run from someone's home PC that
had a few phone lines hooked up to it. [TOP]
14. BETA The second stage a software program goes through before a final
is released. Software undergoes rigorous testing until it is
ready to be released. [TOP]
15. BINARY A numeric system that represents all numbers using only two
digits: 1 and 0. [TOP]
16. BIT The basic unit of information in a binary numbering system. A
computer detects the difference between two states (high current
and low current) and represents these two states as one of two
numbers (1 or 0). [TOP]
17. Blog

A blog is information that is instantly published to a Web
site. Blog scripting allows someone to automatically post
information to a Web site. The information first goes to a
blogger Web site. Then the information is automatically inserted
into a template tailored for your Web site.

Blog is short for weblog. A weblog is a journal that is
frequently updated and intended for general public consumption.
Blogs generally represent the personality of the author or the
Web site. [TOP]

18. Blogger Blogger, a coined word created by Pyra Labs, is a service that
provides Web-based tools used by individuals to publish to the
Web. It is now also a word generally used to refer to someone
who blogs. [TOP]
19. BMP Bitmap. A proprietary Microsoft Windows image format. This file
format cannot be used on a Web page. [TOP]
20. BANDWIDTH The range of frequencies a channel can carry. The higher the
frequency, the higher the bandwidth and the greater the capacity
of a channel. In Internet terms, higher bandwidth means a higher
ability to transmit and receive data. [TOP]
21. BPS Bits per second. The amount of data that can be transmitted
over a digital line. [TOP]
22. BROWSER A program used to view, download, upload, surf or
otherwise access documents (pages) on the World Wide Web.
Popular Web browsers include Netscape and Internet Explorer. [TOP]
23. BYTE A series of 8 bits, which represent a single
character. [TOP]


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