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Chapter 10. Working on the Web > Integrating Access and the Internet

Integrating Access and the Internet

One of the chief uses of computers today lies in accessing the Internet, a structure of millions of interconnected computers that allows users to communicate and to share data with one another. In its early years, the Internet was limited to a small community of university and government organizations. This was due, in part, to the sometimes difficult commands needed to navigate the Internet.

However, the introduction of the World Wide Web in the early 1990s led to an explosion in Internet use by businesses and the general public. The World Wide Web (or simply the Web) made Internet navigation easy by replacing arcade commands with a simple point-and-click interface within an application called a Web browser. The Web made data accessible to a wider audience than ever before. Companies could create Web sites containing product information, stock reports, and information about the company's structure and goals. Later innovations allowed businesses to accept and process orders online and to enter those orders into databases containing inventory and customer information.


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