Chapters 1 : Internet and the World Wide Web

Sections 2 : World Wide Web

World Wide Web Features

The amount of information available on the Internet has become so large that it is difficult to search for specific information. The World Wide Web (WWW) makes retrieval easy and quick.

The WWW is a search tool that helps you find and retrieve information from a Web site using links to other sites and documents. The WWW was built on the technology called Hypertext. This technology increases accessibility to linked documents on the Internet and helps user to navigate between documents very easily.

Hypertext is identified by underlined text and a different color usually. Some places will refer to this types of technique as Jump-Off Points. Hypertext can make links within the same document or to other documents.

Each time you access a new document by choosing a link, there is a connection made with the web server that the document is on. Once the appropriate document is retrieved the connection is broken. There is no point in maintaining the link while you are viewing it. This is one reason why the WWW is so efficient.

WWW lets you search, traverse, and use many types of information at numerous sites and in multiple forms. This interface is called a browser. Some people refer to a browser as a 'web browser' Often these terms are used interchangeably.

The WWW is intended to help people share information resources, and services with the widest possible community of users. Thus a user can access the WWW on Apple, UNIX, Macintosh, DOS, Windows, and other operating systems.

Just like the Internet, the WWW has a protocol, which is known as HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP). HTTP acts as an interface between a Web Client Software, such Netscape Navigator.

A major advantage of the WWW is that it also supports TCP/IP services, such as Gopher, FTP, and Archie in addition to HTTP.

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