ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line)

Method for moving data over regular phone lines. An ADSL circuit is much faster than a regular phone connection, and the wires coming into the subscriber's premises are the same (copper) wires used...


Advanced Research Projects Agency Network in the precursor to the Internet. Landmark packet-switching network established in 1969 by the US Department of Defense as an experiment in...


American Standard Code for Information Interchange is the predominant method for encoding 7-bit characters on a personal computer. All the upper and lower-case Latin letters, numbers, punctuation...


Active Server Pages (ASP) is Microsoft's server-side scripting technology. ASP files, which provide Web developers with an easier, faster, and more powerful way to build Web applications, are...


Asynchronous Transfer Mode ATM is the International standard for cell relay in which multiple service types (such as voice, video, or data) are conveyed in fixed-length (53-byte) cells....

 Absolute URL

The Internet address of a page or other World Wide Web resource that includes the protocol and complete network location of the page or file. The absolute URL includes a protocol, such as "http,"...

 Access (Microsoft)

Easy to use and highly integrated database creation and maintenance software, created by Micsorsoft. Capable of online databases, the software is supported with WinNT hosting platform.

 Access Provider

Company that sells Internet connectivity.

 Active hyperlink

The currently selected link in a Web browser. Some Web browsers indicate the active hyperlink by changing its color.

 Active page

Page currently being edited.

 ActiveX control

Brand name referring to a set of Microsoft's technologies and services based on COM (Component Object Model) widely released in 1997. On the Internet, ActiveX can be used with IE versions 3 and...


Code by which the Internet identifies you. The format is username@hostname, where username is your username, login name, or account number, and hostname is the name of the computer or Internet...


Client or robot programs, often able to act autonomously or intelligently.

 Alias (CNAME) Record

Record that maps one host name to another. The target host does not have to be within a local domain.


Assigning of resources for a specific task. This is often used to refer to memory use, disk space, bandwidth, or process cycles.


Image (img) attribute specifying that text can be displayed by a browser as an alternative to the image.

 Anonymous FTP

Allows the public to log into an FTP server with a common login (usually "ftp" or "anonymous" and any password (usually the person's e-mail address is used as the password). Anonymous FTP is...


Open-source (source code is freely available and can be shared) HTTP Web server software. According to Netcraft survey, it is currently the most popular web server on the Net. It is usually run...


Small Java program that can be embedded in an HTML page. Applets differ from full-fledged Java applications in that they are not allowed to access certain resources on the local computer, such as...


An Appliance is a collection of related server applications in which all dependent applications are bundled into one optimized package.


Application is a software (also called end-user programs) includes database programs, word processors, and spreadsheets. Figuratively speaking, applications software sits on top of systems...


Tool (software) for finding files stored on anonymous FTP sites. Archie is both a program and a system of server computers that contain indexes of files.You need to know the exact file name or a...


Arguments are Words or numbers you enter as part of an HTML tag to expand or modify how that tag operates.

 Asynchronous Communication

Asynchronous Communication is that occurs at different times, between two or more individuals, in contrast to Synchronous communication. For e.g. e-mails, some conferencing systems, bulletin boards.


Process of identifying an individual, usually based on a username and password.

 Authentication database

Database on a server that matches user names to passwords.

 Authoring Software

Computer programs that aid in creating HTML documents by inserting the code for tags. MS FrontPage is an example of authoring software.


Allows you to automatically return a pre-set message whenever a selected mailbox receives a message. It will also notify a selected mailbox of the receipt and response.