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The World Wide Web

The World Wide Web is a collection of documents that contain not only text but also the Internet addresses of other documents, so that you can easily find and read those documents even though they're not all located on the same computer system.

A Web browser is a program that displays and interprets such Web documents. On SCN, the browser available is "Lynx." It is made for use on text-only terminals, but lets you download graphics and other non-text files to view them on your home computer.

The Web address of a document is called a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). It looks something like this:

Web documents are called pages. They are text with added HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) tags in triangular brackets, like these: SCN - Frequently Asked Questions. HTML tags can link a page to other documents at the same location, or send you around the world to read a document or use an online program on another computer.