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World Wide Web

The Web, or WWW

Essentially, the World Wide Web, or the Web, is one of the ways that information can be disseminated over the Internet. The Web is a informal system of Internet servers worldwide that co-operate in the passive transfer of Web documents, called Web pages. The Web utilizes browsers, such as Internet Explorer or Netscape, to access Web pages.

Web pages are formatted using the HTML language, which is a computer language that supports graphics, audio, and video files. But most importantly, HTML supports links to other pages, both within the same website and to pages at other websites. This enables the ability to jump from one document to another simply by clicking a link.

The Web was invented at CERN, Conseil Europeen pour la Recherche Nucleaire (European Laboratory for Particle Physics), in Geneva, Switzerland. Hypertext transport protocol (HTTP), which made the World Wide Web possible, was created by Dr. Tim Berners-Lee, a researcher at CERN.

The World Wide Web is related but is NOT synonymous with the Internet. The two should not be confused. Basicly, the World Wide Web is a way of accessing information over the medium of the Internet, while the Internet is a massive computer network infrastructure.

To read more, see the Internet.

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