Here are some terms you should
be familiar with when you use AOLpress.
A reference that contains all the information needed to find a page. For
A marker at a point in a page that you want to be able to link to. Linking
to an anchor lets you create links that automatically scroll to the position
of the anchor in the page.
A software program that lets you create Web pages. AOLpress is an authoring
When you look at a Web page, you are "browsing" that page, and the software
you are using is called a "browser". Another term for browsing Web pages
is "surfing." AOLpress is both a browser and an "authoring tool"
because it lets you look at pages and create or change them.
On the Web, the "client" is your own computer. You don't need to understand
"client-server computing" to use AOLpress. In case you're curious, a "client"
computer is one that sends requests to a "server" computer. The "server"
processes the request, and the "client" takes care of showing you the results.
The first page you want people to see in your set of pages is called the
"home page." Other pages are just "pages."
The language used behind-the-scenes to format Web pages is called HyperText
Markup Language (HTML). This is the language used to specify the links and
formatting we support. In the past, people had to learn this language to
create Web pages. Now, you can use AOLpress to create pages as easily as
you would write a letter using a word processor, or edit the HTML directly
for the most sophisticated effects. In the latter case see the
Style Guide for Online
Text that contains links to other information. The links are also called
"hyperlinks". Another word for hypertext is "hypermedia", which also includes
other media like video and sound.
An image that is linked to more than one location. When you click on the
image, the place where you click determines which link you follow.
A connection from one location to another. When you click on a link, it takes
you to the other location.
With AOLpress, you can treat all the pages, images, and other files in a
directory as a collection, a small version of the Web called a "MiniWeb."
A MiniWeb acts as a "File Manager" to give you a graphical view of your Web
pages. You use MiniWebs to manage your pages and see connections between
files (such as pages, images, sounds, etc).
The documents you see on the Web are called "pages." They can contain text,
links to other pages, images, sound, and lots more.
When you make your pages public to other people browsing the Web, you are
"publishing" those pages. With AOLpress, publishing is about as easy as saving
a file with a word processor.
A reference to a file that skips some information about where the
page is located. It lets your browser add this information based on the location
of the page you are reading.
The computer that stores the pages you see is called a "Web server." It runs
software that knows how to send pages and images to browsers.
All your pages, images, and other files make up your "Web site."
A location on the Web is called a "Uniform Resource Locator" or "URL". You
can pronounce this as "you-are-el" or "earl". An URL on the World Wide Web
serves the same function as a file name on your local hard disk. It allows
you to specify a document that exists anywhere in the world. The URL for
the link at the head of this paragraph is
http://www.ncsa.uiuc.edu/demoweb/url-primer.html. An URL
contains (in general) three parts: an access method (in this case
http), a machine name (in this case
www.ncsa.uiuc.edu), and a directory path/file name
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