Unit 11

Glossary

Access (n & v)
Ability to enter, way to participate.

Alta Vista (n )
A search engine.

Archive (n & v)
A collection of old newsgroup discussions saved in a file for future reference.

Article (n )
A newsgroup topic, question or answer.

Boolean (adj)
Relating to a logical system that represents the relationships implied by and, or, and not between other words. A search strategy for information retrieval .

Browse (v)
To inspect in a casual, leisurely way.

Browser (n)
A program you can use to view and casually inspect information on the internet.

Button (n)

button on the mouse: The small mechanism that you push to click or hold to control your cursor on the screen.

button on the screen: A small round or square area where you can click to make something different happen. For example, the BACK button at the top left of the screen will change the screen to the one you were working on before the present one.

Click (v)
To push on the button that is on the top of the mouse. You can single-click or double-click.

Close (v)
To stop working on a particular document or program in the computer system or network.

Cursor (n)
The small vertical line or arrow on the computer screen that you control with the mouse.

Database (n)
A collection of information, usually information organized for analysis or computation.

Delete (v)
To remove, omit.

Diskette (n) (floppy disk) (n)
A small plastic and metal disk on which you can save documents and other information.

Directory (n)
A list of information by category; similar to a card catalog in a library.

Document (n)
A paper containing information. We call everything written on the computer a document.

E-mail (n)(v)
Electronic mail. With e-mail you can send letters and papers to other people electronically from your computer.

Excite (n )
A directory and search engine.

Floppy Disk (diskette) (n)
A small plastic and metal disk on which you can save documents and other information

Graphics (n)
Something drawn; pictures, paintings, diagrams, symbols, and photos.

Hardware (n)
The parts of the computer, the machine itself.

Hierarchy (n )
A classification, rank or order of newsgroups.

Homepage (n )
The first page of a world wide web document (website).

HotBot (n )
A search engine.

HTML (n)
Abbreviation for HyperText Markup Language, the language used to write documents for the WWW.

HTTP (n)
Abbreviation for Hypertext Transport Protocol. It is used to communicate between WWW users.

Hyperlink (n)
A specially colored word or image within a document that has a connection or link to another item on the internet, for example other documents, pictures, or sounds. When you click on the hyperlinked word or image, the program takes you to another site.

Hypertext (HTTP) (n)
Text within a document that has a connection or link to another item on the internet, for example other documents, pictures, or sounds. When you click on the hypertext, the program takes you to another site.

Infoseek (n )
A directory and search engine.

Interface (n & v)
The system of icons, text, symbols and other graphics we use on the computer screen so that we can work with a computer program.

Internet (net) (n)
A network of networks. A world-wide collection of interconnected computers. Users of the internet can share and exchange information.

Link (n)
A connection to another place (site) on the internet.

Logon (v)
To enter the computer system or network for the first time each time you use it.

Logout (v)
To stop working on a computer system or network.

Lycos (n )
A directory and search engine.

Menu (n)
A list of items available for you to choose from, similar to a table of contents in a book.

Metacrawler (n )
A search engine.

Moderate (v)
To keep within reasonable limits.

Mouse (n)
A small hand-held controller attached to the computer. When you move the mouse on a tabletop, the cursor moves on the screen.

Navigate (v)
To find ones way.

Netscape (n)
A browser. A program you can use to view and casually inspect information on the internet.

Network (n)
Two or more computers connected to each other.

On Line (adj)
To be part of a network of computers.

Open (v)
To start working on a particular document or program in the computer system or network.

Post (v)
To publish a comment or question on the Internet for a newsgroup discussion.

Quit (v)
To stop working on a program in the computer system or network.
Screen (n)
The TV-like glass front of the computer where you can see text or pictures.

Scroll (v)
To hold your cursor arrow on the arrows or bar along the bottom or right side of the screen. This moves the screen up or down so that you can read a complete document.

Scrollbar (n)
The area with arrows along the side and bottom of the computer screen display.

Search Engine (n)
A program that searches for information for you while you wait for the results.

Server (n)
A program that provides information to remote computers. Server may also refer to the computer that is used to provide the information.

Site (n)
A place on the internet where something is located.

Software (n)
Computer programs.

Strategy (n)
A careful plan or method used to reach a goal.

Toolbar (n)
The area along the top of the computer screen display that has symbols to click to change line-spacing, print size, font, to command the printer to print, and do other tasks.

Web (n)
WWW, The World Wide Web. Part of the internet. The programs on the internet that use hypertext links and language (HTTP) and( HTML). Sometimes people use "the web" to refer to all of the internet.

URL
(n)
Uniform Resource Locator. An address on the World Wide Web where you can find the home page of a web site.

Webcrawler
(n) A search engine. A program that searches for information for you while you wait.

Webpage
(n) A document that looks like a page on the computer screen. Webpages have hypertext (HTTP) connections to other sites on the internet.

World Wide Web
(WWW) (the Web) (n) Part of the internet. The programs on the internet that use hypertext links and language(HTTP) and (HTML). Sometimes people use "the web" to refer to all of the internet.

WWW - (n)
The World Wide Web. Part of the internet. The programs on the internet that use hypertext links and language (HTTP) and (HTML). Sometimes people use "the web" to refer to all of the internet.

Yahoo! (n )
A directory and search engine.