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Access Service Provider-An ISP that provides any kind of access to the Internet such as Cable modem.

Anachronisms-Big words made up by VIP's (Very Important People) and LITOM's (Legends In Their Own Mind). ARPAnet-Advanced Research Projects Agency Network - developed by the U.S. Department of Defense, beginning in the 1960's as a network to hook military agencies and corporate military suppliers together in a manner that the network would still function during and after a nuclear attack.

CGI-Common Gateway Interface. A protocol for gathering data from a Form and sending it to a program or Script such as Perl. Often used to indicate the entire method for processing a Form but in fact it is only a transfer interface.

CSS-Cascading Style Sheets. The expanded term is probably worse than the abbreviation. It refers to the ability to assign styles to elements on a web page (HTML document). Examples include position, size, color, etc.

DHTML-Dynamic HTML. Incorporates the ability to change the CSS values in a HTML document after it has been loaded. The results are Animated and Interactive web pages.

Dialup Service Provider-An ISP that provides telephone connection services so that you can connect to the Internet with your modem.

Domain-An Internet Web Site identified with an IP address.

Domain Name-The name of a Web Site that is mapped to an IP address using a URL.

Drag and Drop-A GUI that allows you to use your mouse to drag elements from one location to another.

e-Commerce-The use of computers and electronic communications in business transactions.

Form-HTML code to collect information from a visitor.

FTP-File Transfer Protocol. The protocol used to transfer files from one computer to another over the Internet. It is what you use to upload your files to your web server.

GUI-Graphical User Interface. A program that uses a visual interface instead of a command line interface. DOS uses commands, Windows uses a GUI.

HTML-HyperText Markup Language. The code that is used to define a web page.

IMS-Interactive Multimedia System.

Internet-A hugh, world wide collection of inter-connected networks that originated as the ARPANET almost 30 years ago.

IP-Internet Protocol. The protocol that sends packets of data over the Internet.

IP Address-Internet Protocol Address. Defines were an IP packet is going. Often to somebody's computer over the Internet. Your domain has an IP address.

ISP-Internet Service Provider. A company that provides internet services such as web page hosting.

LAN-Local Area Network. A kind of mini Internet between locally connected computers, often in a business.

Marketing Plan-Scheme to achieve your marketing goals.

Modem-MOdulator, DEModulator. A device connected to your computer that goes Brrrr... Beee. Baaa. whenever you try to use it. If you have not figured out the purpose of this one yet you are probably not reading this.

Network When two or more computers are connected together so that they can communicate with each other and share information in the form of electronic files.

Node-A single computer on a network.

Online Marketing-Presentation of products, services, or ideas on the Internet.

Perl-Practical Extraction and Report Language. The most common scripting language for processing Form data.

Packet-A "hunk" of data being transmitted on the Internet.

Protocol-An agreed upon "language" used by computers when they "talk to" each other.

Spam-A luncheon meat made famous by Monty Python and now freely distributed over the Internet using TCP/IP on the WWW to your email box as soon as the distributor finds your Domain IP mail box host address.

TCP/IP-Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol. Is a communication protocol between computers that wish to "talk" over a physical connection. It defines the rules on how they communicate. TCP/IP is the method by which all computers talk over the Internet but it works equally as well on a LAN.

URL-Universal Resource Locator. Is the address of any resource on the World Wide Web. It often refers to a Web Page but it can include almost any file that can be found on a server connected to the WWW (see below).

WWW-World Wide Web. Is a method for connecting many of the resources available over the Internet using HTML. Often incorrectly used as a synonym for the Internet.

WYSIWYG-What You See Is What You Get. A computer program that displays a reasonably good example of the finished result as it is being constructed.

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