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Glossary of Internet Terms and Phrases
Impressions (Ad Views)
- Refers to the number of times your text or banner ad is shown. For
example, each time your text or banner ad is shown, it is considered one
Ink Markup Language (InkML)
- InkML is an
data format for representing digital ink data that is input with an
electronic pen or stylus as part of a multimodal system.
- An interconnected system of
networks that connects computers around the world via the
- An advertisement on a
Web site that is more like a TV commercial, which takes center stage.
Meaning "in between," interstitial ads display in a separate window while
you download the next
Web page. Contrast with a banner ad, which is a more passive form of
- A privately maintained computer
network that can be accessed only by authorized persons, especially
members or employees of the organization that owns it.
Any network which provides similar services within an organization to those
provided by the
Internet outside it but which is not necessarily connected to the
Internet. The commonest example is the use by a company of one or more
World Wide Web servers on an internal
TCP/IP network for distribution of information within the company.
Since about 1995, intranets have become a major growth area in corporate
computing due to the availability of cheap or free commercial
web server software which allows them to provide a simple, uniform
hypertext interface to many kinds of information and
Some companies give limited access to their intranets to other companies or
the general public. This is known as an "extranet".
- An identifying number for a computer, often used to calculate how many
visitors came to a site.
IRC (Internet Relay Chat)
- A client-server chat system of large (often worldwide)
networks. IRC is structured as networks of Internet
servers, each accepting connections from client programs, one per user.
The IRC community and the
Usenet and MUD communities overlap to some extent, including both
hackers and regular folks who have discovered the wonders of computer
networks. Some Usenet jargon has been adopted on IRC, as have some
conventions such as emoticons. There is also a vigorous native jargon.
The largest and first IRC network is EFNet, with a smaller breakaway network
called the Undernet having existed since 1992, and dozens of other networks
having appeared (and sometimes disappeared) since.
ISP (Internet Service Provider)
- A company which provides other companies or individuals with access to,
or presence on, the
Internet. Most ISPs are also Internet Access Providers; extra services
include help with design, creation and administration of
World-Wide Web sites, training, and administration of
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