Internet Terminology

Frequently Asked Questions - the role of these is to answer the majority of questions commonly asked by newcomers. FAQs provide a means by which questions that are frequently asked can be collated into one document. The majority of FAQs are posted on the USENET in related groups.

File Formats
The patterns and standards used to store a program on a disk. Examples are GIF, JPEG, AIFF.

File Server
A file server is a computer and storage device dedicated to storing files. Any user on the network can store files on the server.

A system designed to prevent unauthorized access to or from a private network. Firewalls can be implemented in both hardware and software, or a combination of both.

Floppy Drive
The device in a computer that reads a "floppy disk," a random access, removable data storage medium that can be used with personal computers and web servers.

HTML documents designed with fill-in text boxes, lists of options, and other elements that allow the user of the form to send information back to the web server. (E.g. registration form, order form, etc.)

An HTML tag introduced by Netscape to allow partitioning of the browser window into independent document display areas.

Copyrighted software given away for free by the author. Although it is available for free, the author retains the copyright, which means that you cannot do anything with it that is not expressly allowed by the author. Usually, the author allows people to use the software, but not sell it.

FTP (File Transfer Protocol)
The primary method for accessing files via the Internet.

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