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Search Engine - A web page that provides a user interface to a database of URLs. The user can search the database for URLs matching specific interests or keywords.

Shockwave - A multimedia tool that allows authors to embed interactive sounds, images, and videos into a web page. Users must have the shockwave plug-in to view embedded shockwave objects. The format was created by Macromedia and is similar to Flash.

Source Code - The uncompiled or uninterpreted text used to generate web pages and applications. Anything developed with a programming, scripting, or markup language has a source code. For markup and scripting languages the source code is delivered directly to the user where the web browser interprets it, and is therefore viewable by the user. Programming languages are converted to machine code or bytecode by a seperate program called a compiler. Therefore, the user can not view the source code of programs.

Static Page - A web page that does not change except when edited by the author. Static pages are more basic and require only HTML to create.

SWF (ShockWave File extension) - A file format for storing interactive web applications developed with Macromedia's Shockwave or Flash Directors. The user must download and install a plug-in to their browser to be able to view these files within a web page.

Table - A two-dimensional collection of data stored in cells. A table is created using specific HTML tags.

Upload - To transmit a file from a personal computer over a network to a server.

URL (Universal Resource Locator) - A string of text that specifies a protocol, a domain name, and a specific path on the server (specific path is not always required). Example: A user types in the URL "" and the web browser knows to use HTTP as the protocol to request "page1.html" from the domain "".

Web Safe Palette - A palette (usually in an image-editing application) that includes only the colors that web browser will display.

Web Server - A computer connected to the Internet that handles requests from browsers and delivers web pages to them. Web Servers are usually dedicated, or permanently connected to the Internet, but some programs allow a home computer to become a web server while temporarily connected to the Internet.

Web Site - A collection of related files that can be viewed by a web browser and which are usually contained on a single server or under a single domain.

WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) - A term used to describe web and desktop publishing software. If an publishing application is "WYSIWYG" it means the user can edit the document as it will appear in the browser or once it has been printed.

XML (eXtensible Markup Language) - A language for defining custom markup languages. It combines HTML and XSL (eXtensible Style Language). The purpose of XML is to mark the type or purpose for all content in a document, so that a program may format it appropriately.