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An Internet Dictionary

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The computer industry and the Internet are adding new words everyday to our language. Learn the meaning of these new terms in words you can understand.
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H

hard drive
Also called hard disk. A hidden disk concealed in the computer that contains all the files, operating system and software loaded on the machine.
hardware
Any piece of computer equipment, including, but not limited to the monitor, printer, disk drives, and keyboard.
highlight
To select text to cut, edit or delete. The text either changes color or appears covered by a highlighted color that contrasts with the background color. For example, a black or blue highlight over a white background.
history list
A list of Internet sites previously visited.
home page
The main or first page of a Web site.
HTML
An abbreviation for HyperText Markup Language. HTML is instructions for a Web browser to read a document. HTML helps determine how the users view the page by marking the text with instructions on how it should look, where the graphics appear and how to link to other Web pages or Web sites. Web pages end with the .htm or .html file extension. Visit Whatis.com, an online dictionary, for more information on HTML.
HTTP
An abbreviation for Hypertext Transport Protocol. This protocol instructs computers on the World Wide Web on sending and receiving Web pages that contain text, graphics, sound, and video. Visit Whatis.com, an online dictionary, for more information on HTTP.
hyperlink
Also called hypertext link. A link allows the user to jump from one piece of information in a document to a different piece of information on the same page, the same Web site or a different Web site. Links can connect pictures or text. Links may be highlighted words or images.
hypermedia
A link allowing the user to jump among multimedia sources, including animation, sound, video, and virtual reality. Hypermedia allows the user to interact more with what is happening on the computer screen.
hypertext
The text or words contain instructions to the computer on how to link or jump to a new area on the World Wide Web. The link, called a URL (Uniform Resource Locator), is part of the text. The user selects the hypertext and instantly jumps to the linked area.

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