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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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page
A World Wide Web document containing hyperlinks. Visit Whatis.com, an online dictionary, for more information on page.
paste
Any cut or copied text or images that are placed in a document.
path
A file's address. A path indicates which directory/sub-directory/folder/file name to follow to find, open or save a document. F:/home/webpage/index.html is a path name with "/ "separating each level. "F:" is the main directory with a "home" subdirectory, containing a "webpage" folder with a file named "index.html." In this Web page example, http://www.altavista.digital.com/av/content/about.htm. the path indicates where the "about.htm" file is on the Web. The path shows this is an HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) file on the www. (World Wide Web) at the "altavista.digital.com" domain name in a series of sub-domains "/av/content/" to reach the file "about.htm."
pdf file or PDF
An abbreviation for Portable Document Format. A document created using Adobe Acrobat. To view a PDF file, download the free Acrobat Reader from Adobe. PDF files end in filename.pdf. Visit Whatis.com, an online dictionary, for more information on PDF.
plug-in software
A computer program that runs within a Web page. These specialized software programs let users view files or multimedia created with that particular software. The software must already be loaded on the computer or downloaded to the computer for the user to view.
protocol
A set of rules for computers on the Internet to communicate with each other.
pull-down menu
Also called drop down menu. A list of concealed commands or selections that appear when clicked on.
push button
A button the user clicks to do some action, such as submit a form.

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