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Chapter 14. Browsing the Internet and Of... > Understanding the World Wide Web and...

Understanding the World Wide Web and Browsers

The World Wide Web, designed by researchers at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, is a collection of hypertext documents served from computers throughout the world. Web documents, or pages, can contain pictures, text, sounds, movies, and links to other documents. Web pages can—and usually do—contain links to documents on other computers. The name "Web" comes from the interlinked nature of the pages.The entire Web resides on a global computer network known as the Internet.

You can retrieve Web pages or documents in three ways using a Web browser, the software that navigates between and displays Web pages. You can manually type an URL, or uniform resource locator, into a dialog box and let the browser retrieve the page, you can click a text or graphic hyperlink that retrieves a page, or you can click a link that has been saved in a history or list of favorite places.


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