Putting Your Art on the Web
World Wide Web: the connected network of computers sharing information (diagram), most often in the form of HTML (Hyper Text Mark-up Language) coded "pages" or screens of information
HTML (Hyper Text Mark-up Language) the text and pictures you want people to see surrounded by commands which tell the computer how to show it. Go to View, Source if MS Internet Explorer is your browser (View, Page Source in Netscape) to see the HTML for the current page.
Browser: software which interprets the HTML code to display information on your monitor as the author intended you to see it. (Microsoft Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, Opera)
ISP (Internet Service Provider): also called your "dialup". Your modem, cable or DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) account needs their computer at the other end to connect you to the web. These are the folks you pay for your e-mail account.
URL: Universal Resource Locator in the form www.computer-workshop.com/index.html (the http:// which preceeds it tells the browser what method to use to transport it). No spaces are allowed in a URL. The URL is also referred to as the page address. The www is increasingly being replaced with words like support or home.
Domain Name: the URL to the end of the .com, .org or whatever.
Search engine: a device for finding information when you don't know the URL. Common ones are: www.google.com, www.yahoo.com, www.lycos.com, www.excite.com, www.altavista.com, www.netscape.com, www.msn.com, www.dogpile.com, www.askjeeves.com, www.hotbot.com
Site Host: the computer connected to the Web all the time which "serves" your site to those requesting it. www.zd.net. lists the hosts recommended by PC Magazine
Upload: sending a file to the server from your computer (your computer is the lowliest in the network so any computer connected to it is "up").
Download is receiving a file from the server.
Copyright 2002, Karen Seymour