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Hyper-Text Markup Language. It's what makes the web the web.
HTML is a way to format text, similar to what you see when you
reveal codes in WordPerfect. The difference that makes HTML
special is that it allows links, images, forms, Java applets and
a lots of other things.
In HTML all formatting is done with tags. Most tags come in pairs,
one to open the formatting and one to close it. A few tags work alone.
A browser is what you're viewing this page with. Netscape is
a browser; Mosaic is a browser. A browser is just an Internet
application which can understand HTML.
Universal Resource Locator. That's just a fancy way of saying
"the address of a web page."
When specifying a link of any sort you must use the correct path.
The path is the set of direction telling the browser how to get from
where you are to where the link is. The path can be absolute or
relative. Absolute links apply no matter where you currently are.
http://www.texascook.com/index.html is an absolute link. Relative
links are directions that start from where you are. htmlmenu.html
is a relative link. It will only find the htmlmenu.html page if you're
in the directory with the webpage already.
Pronounced 'gif' or 'jif.' GIFs are one of many graphic formats.
GIFs are very common and very popular mainly because they
are easy to interpret. They are of mid-grade image quality, and
are usually pretty compact. HTML allows both GIFs and JPGs as
image links.
Pronounced 'jay-peg.' JPGs are a high-quality graphics format.
JPGs are much better quality than GIFs, but also take up much
more memory and bandwidth.
Short for hexadecimal. Hex is a base 16 number system.
For the easy way out see COLORS.

Scripts are programs your HTML page can tell the server
to run. Scripts can do just about anything, from processing
information to generating fractals.
Perl is a language, like BASIC or C++. The advantage of
Perl is it's simplicity and how well it interacts with HTML
browsers. Because of this, Perl is the chosen language for
writing scripts. C++ is also used, but only when lots of
processing power or speed is needed.
Internet Service Provider. These are the folks you pay to
use their equipment and bandwidth to get online.
Post Office Protocol. This kind of POP is what handles your
mail. Your POP account is your email account. POP speaks
SMTP, Simple Mail Transfer Protocol. Pop receives, SMTP sends.
File Transfer Protocol. Every time you transfer a file directly
across the net (not by attaching it to email) you're FTPing.
FTP has come to mean transferring a file. An FTP site is a
place allowing access to files for downloading. There are two
basic ways to FTP. You can do it graphically with WS_FTP or
Netscape or any other windows app. You can also do it by hand
while you're logged in to a shell account. A shell account is just
an account you can log into and directly and manually issue commands.

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