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Web Glossary

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Advertising – defined as offering space on a World Wide Web page to another party for the purpose of promoting goods or services offered by that party in exchange for money, goods, or services.

Domain name – Domain names are the alphabetic names used to refer to computers on the Internet and contain a suffix such as .com, .org, .gov, or .edu. The suffix indicates what type of organization is hosting the site.

E-mail or electronic mail – Messages sent from one person to another via computer.

Home page – The entry page on a Web site, which introduces the site and provides the means of navigation.

HTTP – Hypertext Transfer Protocol, the rules that govern the transmission of Web documents from one computer to another via the Internet.

Hyperlink – see Link.

Link – A word, phrase, or image highlighted in a hypertext document to act as a navigation aid to related information. Links may be indicated with an underline, a color contrast, or a border.

Official Web Pages – Web pages of an official University of Rhode Island unit, such as a college, department, center, or program, for the purposes of teaching, research, service to the community, or conducting University business.

Personal Web Pages – Web pages developed by students, faculty, and staff that contain non-official information about the authors, including their backgrounds, interests, and/or opinions.

Protocols – Set of communication rules that allow clients and servers to communicate accurately with each other.

Research and Instruction Web Pages – Web pages developed by instructor or principal investigator that contain teaching, instruction and research related information.

Sponsorship – Defined as offering space on a World Wide Web page to another party for the purpose of mentioning the party’s name as recognition for the donation of money, goods or services.

Student Organizations Web Pages – Web pages developed by clubs, organizations and associations that are registered through the Student Senate and/or affiliated with one or more academic or administrative units.

Top-level Web Pages – Official Web pages are normally created and linked in a hierarchical manner, following a logical organization such as University > colleges > departments > faculty > class > etc. The highest level pages are those at the top of the hierarchy. Pages in the hierarchy that precede those currently being accessed are termed top-level Web pages.

Unit – Defined as a University department, college or division.

Unit designee(s) – Individuals(s) designated by a unit to assume responsibility for ensuring the accuracy and timeliness of Web content and adherence to University policies and applicable laws.

URL (Universal Resource Locator) – URL is the World Wide Web address of a site on the Internet. For example, is the URL for the University of Rhode Island official home page.

Web – see World Wide Web.

Web Browser – Software such as Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer designed to enable access to and display of Web pages.

Web Pages – The collection of text, image, sound, and other electronic files stored in World Wide Web format by a user on a Web server for access by others who connect via the World Wide Web.

Web Server – A computer that is accessible via the Internet and is being used as a repository for Web pages.

Web Site – A collection of Web pages created and maintained by a unit.

Webmaster – The person responsible for administering a Web site.

World Wide Web – Often referred to simply as “the Web” or just “WWW”. An Internet service that allows connection to the linked computer resources and interconnection networks throughout the world.

WWW – See World Wide Web.

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