3The World Wide Web

Introduction

This chapter starts with a brief overview of the World Wide Web and web sites, and then describes some of the key elements of a web page. This chapter covers the enhancements that have been added to web pages to add dynamic and graphical content: animated GIFs, dynamic HTML, and Flash vector graphics.

The Web, for many people, has become synonymous with the Internet. The use of the Web has become ubiquitous, from the cyber-café in a backpackers’ hostel to high bandwidth corporate intranets. But universal adoption of the web browser as the user interface, for many, has masked the fact that the Internet provides the communication fabric; the Web refers to the linked pages of content. The Web is only one of the several ...

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