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The World Wide Web
 
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The World Wide Web, usually referred to simply as the Web, is a system for displaying, formatting and accessing multimedia information over a network such as the Internet. Bits of information on the Web are connected to each other by "hyperlinks," which allow related subjects to be presented together without regard to the locations of the subject matter. Hyperlinks function as pointers to information, whether the information is located within one Web site or at any site throughout the world.

A "Web site" is a set of files residing on a computer (usually called a server or a host). You access the site with software called a Web browser which displays the files as "pages" on your screen. The pages can contain files of text, graphics, sounds, animation, interactive forms-almost any form of multimedia-and they can be downloaded to your computer. Web pages are written in HyperText Markup Language (HTML), a simple coding system for describing documents and linking files.

Web sites do not have to be connected to the Internet. Many organizations create internal Web sites to enhance education, communications and collaboration within their own organizations.

Recently, the Web has become the predominant form of Internet communication (with the exception of e-mail), far outstripping the use of other systems such as gophers or ftp sites. It is already becoming a significant factor in many organizations' approaches to internal and external communications and marketing. The Web provides an immensely popular and accessible way to publish electronically, offer services or simply express your creativity.

  • The Web hides all of the underlying technology from the user. When you access a Web site or a link in a Web document, your browser locates and brings you the information. You do not have to worry about where the information is located, and the browser manages all storage, retrieval and navigation tasks automatically.
  • The Web is interactive. It is easy to move between documents and Web sites or to perform tasks such as placing orders and filling out forms in real time.
  • The Web can handle many forms of Internet communication, such as FTP, Gopher and Newsgroups and Usenet, replacing the need for many other tools for using the Internet.
  • Web browsers are inexpensive, easy to use, and available for nearly all computers. Most are available free-of-charge to educational and non-profit users.
  • Simple Web sites can be relatively easy and inexpensive to create, update and maintain, although businesses and other organizations seeking more sophisticated sites will probably want advice and assistance when creating a web presence.

For more information on the Web, please examine the following resources:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Newsgroups: (Requires a News "reader" or browser configured for "News")

  • news:comp.infosystems.www.announce for Web-related announcements
  • news:comp.infosystems.www.misc for Discussions about a variety of miscellaneous Web issues
  • news:comp.infosystems.www.users for Browser issues
  • news:comp.infosystems.www.misc for Server issues
  • The following is a comprehensive Web site that lists more Web-related UseNet News Groups

  • List of Web newsgroups

Mailing Lists: (Also known as E-Mail Lists or Discussion Groups)

To subscribe to one or more of the following lists, send an e-mail message of the form request-address@w3.org with the word subscribe as the "subject" of the message (NOT the body). The request-address options are indicated below. Instructions for subscribing to World Wide Web e-mail lists is available.
  • For technical information about HTML issues use:
    www­­
  • For technical information about general Web issues use:
    www­­
  • For technical information about Style Sheets use:
    www­­

A slightly different technique is required to subscribe to the list for technical discussions of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP). To subscribe to the mailing list, send a message containing the word "subscribe" in the body of the message (NOT the subject) to the request address 'http-wg-request@cuckoo.hpl.hp.com'.

  • Technical discussions of the HTTP-WG use:
    http­­

Mailing List Archives: (An alternative to joining a mailing list)

A mailing list archive consists of the collected contents of the actual e-mail messages sent by all the participants on the list. Archives can be viewed with a Web browser and do not require you to actually join the list. We encourage you to browse the archives of a list you are considering joining to understand the issues that are being discussed before actually joining the list.

HTTP-WG - The Hypertext Transfer Protocol Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Working Group mailing list archives at University of California - Irvine.

Books:

  • The World Wide Web Unleashed, 2nd edition
    By John December and Neil Randall, Sams Publishing.
  • Using the World Wide Web
    By Bill Eager, QUE.

Conferences:

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