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Chapter 19. Browsing Basics > Basic Jumping Around

Basic Jumping Around

Many—even most—of the times you jump from page to page, you won't type an address. All you'll do is click a link or button. URLs are like cars—they take you directly to a particular place. Links are like the bus: They often take you just to the right neighborhood.

Some Web pages take a long time to appear, even if you have a fast modem and Internet connection. If some pages do seem terribly slow, don't worry that there's something wrong with your computer, modem, or connection. The problem is probably that the page you're accessing is very complex.

Each time you display a particular Web page, the whole page must travel through the Internet to your computer to appear on your screen. A page that's mostly text appears quickly, because text pages contain little data, and thus travel quickly through the Net. Pictures, multimedia, and Java programs balloon the number and size of the files that make up the Web page, and thus take much longer to appear.

Reclicking the link to a page over and over again is only going to slow down the process, and may cause your computer to freeze.



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