Terms Letter: W
World Wide Web Consortium. An international industry consortium that develops standards for the World Wide Web.
WAN – Wide Area Network
A Wide Area Network connects computers over a long distance via telephone lines or satellite link. Technically, the Internet itself is a gigantic, worldwide WAN which is owned by various individuals and corporate or governmental entities.
Stands for Wireless Application Protocol. A protocol used by mobile devices, such as mobile phones, pda devices, etc. Most big web sites do have WAP version available, just use your mobile/cell phone and navigate to google.com or cnn.com for example.
Stands for Waveform sound format. Microsoft’s format for encoding sound files. Very accurate, but offers no compression, thus resulting in very large files.
A web based email program. Most web hosting companies do provide webmail access to their customers. Often it comes with addressbook, rich text editor, spelling checker, and all the features of any other email program offers. Very useful when you travel and do not have access to your computer to check your email with a program like Outlook Express, Eudora, etc.
The one responsible fo the maintenance and development of a particular website.
This is an Internet service that finds information about a domain name or IP address. If you enter a domain name in a WHOIS search engine, it will scour a huge database of domains and return information about the one you entered. This information typically contains the name, address, and phone number of the administrative and technical contacts of the domain name. WHOIS can also be used to simply check if a certain domain name is available or if it has already been registered.
WinRAR is a powerful archive software. It can backup your data, reduce size of email attachments and other files. It is distributed by http://www.rarlab.com/ A great windows based archive utility, powerfull replacement of WinZip
Acronym fo the World Wide Web (or Web). It is the most popular Internet service. It allows access to the information and services from the web servers. A web browser is needed to use the Web.