World Wide Web
Abzug, Charles Department of Computer Science James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia.
- History and development
- Technical facility 1: the Internet, a communications network with low-level communications protocols
- Technical facility 2: intermediate-level data-sharing protocols
- Technical facility 3: high-level data sharing protocols
- Technical facility 4: hypertext, the Web browser, and application-based Internet access
- Basis for operation of the World Wide Web: markup languages
- Detailed structure of the URL
- Extensible Markup Language (XML)
- Web browsers
- Plug-ins, third-party extensions, and other browser features
- Current and future uses of the World Wide Web
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
A gigantic system for exchanging and sharing information across the entire world. It is composed of five principal sets of components which, acting in concert, furnish its effectiveness and underlie its utility. These consist of technical facilities on four levels, which function in collaboration with a socio-cultural environment that has evolved to an astonishing extent.
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