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Wide Area Network
A general term referring to a large network spanning a country or around the world. The Internet is a WAN. A public mobile communication system is a WAN.


Wireless Application Protocol
A leading standard for information services on wireless terminals like digital mobile phones.


Waveform Audio Format
An uncompressed digital audio format developed by Microsoft and native to the Windows Operating System. Similar in concept to AIFF on the Macintosh Operating System.

Web as a platform

Instead of viewing the operating system as the application platform and building “Windows-based applications” or “Linux-based applications,” developers now build “web-based applications.”

Web Applet

A program that can be downloaded over the web and run on the user's computer. Most often written in Java.

Web Browser

A software program used to display web pages.


A broadcast that takes place over the web and uses both audio and visual effects. For example, a web-based conference call that sends a presentation with charts and graphs to go alongside the speech. Webcasts are often interactive.

Web Client

A software program used to access web pages. Sometimes the same as a Web Browser, but often used as a broader term.

Web Design

Web Design is the design or designing of a Web page, Website or Web application. The term generally refers to the graphical side of Web development using images, CSS and XHTML.

Web Document

A document formatted for distribution over the web. Most often a web document is formatted in a markup language like HTML or XML.

Web Hosting

Providing space on Internet servers for the storage of World Wide Web sites which can be accessed by others through the network.


A seminar conducted over the web; web conferencing; unlike a webcast, a webinar is designed to be interactive.


Short film (often in installments) or cartoons used to promote offline events or products.

Web Mashup

The most recent trend of the web is the 'opening up' of websites whereby they allow other websites access to their information. This allows information from multiple websites to be combined for creative effect, like the information from Twitter and Google Maps being combined to create a visual representation of 'tweets' coming in from all across the map.


A Webmaster is a person who either:

  • Creates and manages the information content (words and pictures) and organization of a Web site
  • Manages the computer server and technical programming aspects of a Web site

Or does both.

Web Page

A document (normally an HTML file) designed to be distributed over the Web.

Web Publisher

A site that offers content. Advertisers place ads on web publisher sites.

Web Server

A server is a computer that delivers services or information to other computers. In web terms: A server that delivers web content to web browsers.

Web Server Error

A message from a web server indicating an error. The most common web server error is "404 File Not Found".

Web Service

A service provided online that can be called by another program across the Internet.

Web Site

A Web site is a related collection of World Wide Web (WWW) files that includes a beginning file called a home page. A company or an individual tells you how to get to their Web site by giving you the address of their home page. From the home page, you can get to all the other pages on their site.

Web Spider

A computer program that searches the Internet for web pages. Common web spiders are the one used by search engines like Google and AltaVista to index the web. Web spiders are also called web robots or wanderers.


A desktoplike environment for running web applications in a web browser.

Web 1.0

The Internet experience previous to Web 2.0, focusing more on static content. Some people called it the “brochure web.”

Web 2.0

While there is no set definition of Web 2.0, it generally refers to the use of the web as a more social platform where users participate by generating their own content alongside the content provided by the websites.


A widget is a small piece of transportable code, for example a calculator or a countdown to a movie's release. Widgets can be placed on websites like a social networking profile, a custom home page or a blog. The word 'gadget' is often used to refer to a widget that is designed for a specific website, like iGoogle gadgets.


A character used to substitute any character(s). Most often used as an asterix (*) in search tools.


A wiki is a website designed for multiple people to collaborate by adding and editing content. Wikipedia is an example of a wiki. A wiki farm is a collection of individual wikis, usually hosted by the same website.


A community-generated encyclopedia using wiki technology.


Windows Audio MPEG Player
Winamp is a proprietary media player written by Nullsoft, now a subsidiary of Time Warner. It is skinnable, multi-format freeware / shareware.


Windows is a personal computer operating system from Microsoft that, together with some commonly used business applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel, has become a de facto "standard" for individual users in most corporations as well as in most homes.

Windows Media

Audio and video formats for the Internet, developed by Microsoft.


A computer program for compressing and decompressing files.


Wireless is a term used to describe telecommunications in which electromagnetic waves (rather than some form of wire) carry the signal over part or all of the communication path. Some monitoring devices, such as intrusion alarms, employ acoustic waves at frequencies above the range of human hearing; these are also sometimes classified as wireless.


A wireless LAN is a network in which a mobile user can connect to a local area network (LAN) through a wireless (radio) connection.


Windows Media Audio
An audio compression format similar to MP3, but with digital rights management (copy protection and usage restrictions) built-in by Microsoft.


Wireless Markup Language
A standard for information services on wireless terminals like digital mobile phones, inherited from HTML, but based on XML, and much stricter than HTML.

WML Script

Scripting language (programming language) for WML.


Windows Media Video
A video file format created by Microsoft that is supported in Microsoft Windows.


A computer virus that can make copies of itself and spread to other computers over the Internet.


Web Services Description Language
An XML-based language for describing Web services and how to access them.


World Wide Web
A global network of computers using the internet to exchange web documents.


What You See Is What You Get
In Web terms: To display a web page being edited exactly the same way it will be displayed on the web.


World Wide Web Consortium
The organization responsible for managing standards for the WWW.