A. Glossary of Terms

Ajax Asynchronous JavaScript And XML. n. Web development technique that combines HTML, CSS, XML, and JavaScript to generate dynamic interactive web-based applications that update page elements incrementally without having to reload the entire page. Examples: Gmail, Google Maps, and Flickr. (Coined in 2005 by Jesse James Garrett.)

algorithm n. A set of step-by-step operations that accomplish a specific task. Search engines use sophisticated algorithms to determine a web page’s rank within search returns. (From Medieval Latin algorismus, a poor transliteration of Muhammad ibn-Musa al-Khwarizmi, the ninth-century Baghdad mathematician who introduced the concept to the West.)

anchor text n. A word or phrase on a web page that ...

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