|About the WWW|
|WWW is the abbreviation for
the World Wide Web, an Internet navigation tool that
helps you to find and retrieve information using links to
other WWW pages. Web (or W3) links are stored within the
page itself, and when you wish to jump to the page that
is linked, you click on the hotspot. This technique is
sometimes called hypermedia or hypertext. The WWW
protocol permits WWW browsers on the Internet to display
pages from the many web servers. Each time you choose
another link, WWW connects to a server, retrieves the
next page wanted, and returns control to the local
client. WWW is a resource-efficient method of finding and
using information widely dispersed throughout the world.
Web pages are truly multimedia: they may contain text,
graphic images, moving pictures, sound files, etc. Not
all web browsers can handle all the media. Even if the
client can process the information, your particular
configuration may not be able to display it. Fortunately,
the designers of the browsers know this and make
allowances for differing configurations. If a page
contains something that the client can not process, it
will not attempt to display it. Well-known web browsers
are Netscape and Internet Explorer
World Wide Web was originally developed at CERN, the high energy physics research center in Switzerland. The web interface is designed so that you can choose to follow a web filament around the web as far as you like by selecting a spot on the "page" displayed on your computer display. The locus of the WWW system is the "home page". This is the place from which the server to which you are connected starts. The "homepage" for WWW is the homepage at CERN. Giving Web page citations, called URLs, lets you indicate the filament you wish to follow, or you may jump directly to particular points on the web.
For more information about the web, click on "World Wide Web" from the Comcation homepage or click on "Internet Points of Interest" for suggested points to visit.
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