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Chapter 14. What is the World Wide Web? > What is the World Wide Web?

What is the World Wide Web?

The part of the Internet we all hear about the most these days is the World Wide Web. The Internet itself has been around for thirty years, but it wasn't incredibly popular because you had to be a nerd to know what was there and how to access it. There were no pictures, no sounds—just ugly yellow or green text on a black background and you had to type in weird codes to get what you wanted. Then the Macintosh was invented and changed the way people used computers and changed our expectations of what a computer should do. We grew to expect graphics, sound, and attractive stuff on our monitors.

So several years ago new technology was developed that allows us to send not just text email messages and news postings, but full pages through the Internet that include color, sound, graphics, animation, interactivity, and video. And the individual pages have "links" that connect them to each other.


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