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World Wide Web

Today the World Wide Web (WWW) makes up a very large percentage of total Internet traffic. Just about every for-profit and nonprofit company, university, library, school, government, and millions of individuals now have a presence on the Web. The Web uses the same underlying protocols as the Internet, but has supplemented them with several additional technologies that have made the Internet far more accessible to computer users around the world. These include browser software, search engines, and HTML (HyperText Markup Language).

The Web was originally introduced to the Internet as a text-only system. With the release of the Mosaic browser—the first graphical browser—in 1993, the popularity of the Web grew. Soon after, Netscape appeared on the scene with its first Web browser—Netscape Navigator. Microsoft also developed its web browser—Internet Explorer. Both Netscape and Explorer were quickly accepted and surpassed Mosaic in use. Both browsers were faster, contained more features, and were easily acquired by downloading them from web sites.


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