CoJo Web Definitions

Common terms that we frequently use in the discussion of website design.

Animated Graphic: an image that has movement

Domain Site: a specific website address dedicated for your use on the world wide web -- not be be confused with a homepage. A homepage is simply a space provided by your internet service provider. A domain site has its own location on the web. Domain sites can be very large and still have simple web addresses: Example:

E-mail: A designated address where you can receive electronic mail over the internet.

Gif images: Gif (Graphics Interchange Format) is the oldest image format on the internet and was the original way to exchange and view images and graphics. Animated and many other graphic images are created in this format. Gif, however, is limited in its color range; only 256 colors can be viewed in this format.

Home page: (See Domain Site above). Usually a free space provided by your internet service provider for your use. It is usually only one to four megabytes in size with a long address (a combination of your chosen words or symbols and those of your internet provider). Example:

Host Site: A large internet site that will host your your domain site for you. You are usually given a large amount of space for your website as well as twenty or more personal email addresses. It will also allow your webmaster to maintain the upkeep of your site.

HTML: (Hypertext Markup Language) the coding language the World Wide Web is written in. It is what makes all websites viewable. There are variations of HTML as well as other computer languages which are used by web page designers. Some examples are: Javascript, DHTML and Active X.

ISP: (Internet Service Provider): the company that provides you with access service to the internet for a fee. Example: America Online.

Jpeg: (Joint Photographic Experts Group) Image: Another format in which images are created for viewing on the Internet. It works better than a gif format (256 colors) for photographic images and has a rich high quality range of 16,000,000+ colors.

World Wide Web: the internet network (first used by the Universities and military as a way to covertly communicate coded messages).

Web Browser: enables you to access and view the internet. Examples: Netscape Navigator, Internet Explorer, etc.

Web Master or Mistress: The person or company who creates your website and keeps it updated and functioning.


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