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Chapter 15. Using the Internet > Browsers and HTML

Browsers and HTML

The software programs that allow you to view the Internet are called browsers. Netscape Navigator and Microsoft's Internet Explorer are two of the most common browsers in use today. Browsers are designed to read the content of Web pages and display the data on your screen.

The Web is based on the principle of hypertext. Hypertext is a method of navigating through documents using links. You've probably encountered hypertext even if you've never used the Web. For instance, CD-ROM encyclopedias often have highlighted terms in the text of the entries. Clicking on these terms connects you to a related entry or to a definition of a term. Similarly, the Help Menu that you can open in a software application usually presents you with a Hypertext Menu that links to various topics.


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