(Bulletin Board System) -- A computerized meeting and announcement system that allows people to carry on discussions, upload and download files, and make announcements without the people being connected to the computer at the same time.

A program (software) that is used on your computer to look at various kinds of Internet resources.

(Electronic Mail) -- An Internet service that enables you to send and receive massages to and from other internet users. The @ is always used in an e-mail address. A typical e-mail address would be:

(Frequently Asked Questions) -- FAQs are documents that list and answer the most common questions on a particular subject.

Genealogical Data Communication. the standard file format for exporting and importing information between genealogical databases: intended to make data translatable between different genealogical software programs so that you can share your family information easily.

A request to view a document (Web page) on the World Wide Web.

Home Page (or Homepage)
Originally, the web page that your browser is set to use when it starts up. The more common meaning refers to the main web page for a business, organization, person or simply the main page out of a collection of web pages.

(HyperText Markup Language) -- The coding language used to create Hypertext documents for use on the World Wide Web. In HTML you can specify that a block of text, or a word, is linked to another file on the Internet. HTML files are meant to be viewed using a World Wide Web Client Program, such as Netscape or Microsoft Explorer.

(HyperText Transport Protocol) -- The protocol for moving hypertext files across the Internet. Requires a HTTP client program on one end, and an HTTP server program on the other end. HTTP is the most important protocol used in the World Wide Web (WWW ).

Hyperlink (Hypertext, link)
Generally, any text that contains links to other documents - words or phrases in the document that can be chosen by a reader and which cause another document to be retrieved and displayed.

A vast world-wide collection of networked computers.

(Internet Service Provider) -- An institution that provides access to the Internet in some form, usually for money. (Evansinet, America On Line (AOL), InReach)

The act of entering into a computer on to the Internet.

One of several browsers used to view pages on the Internet.

Search Engine
A Web site that enables you to search for pages on the Web such as Lycos, AltaVista, Metacrawler, Northern Light and Yahoo.

A large computer that stores HTML documents so that they can be accessed on the WWW.

In HTML, a special code that is written between < and > symbols to provide formatting information for a document.

(Uniform Resource Locator) -- The standard way to give the address of any resource on the Internet that is part of the World Wide Web (WWW). A URL looks like this:

Web page
An HTML document available for display on the World Wide Web. The document may contain links to other documents located on the same server or on other web servers.

Web site
A collection of related Web pages that are accessed from a common home page

(World Wide Web) also referred to simply as "the Web." The Web is the most popular part of the Internet. The Web, is based upon links, which enable web surfers to travel quickly from one Web page to another and it allows pages with fancy graphic and multiply media elements to be constructed.