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Glossary of Computer Terms Print

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WAIS - Refers to Wide Area Information System.

WAN - Is a Wide Area Network.

WAP - Refers to Wireless Application Protocol.

Web - Refers to the connectivity or resources available to computer users.

Web Site or Website - Refers to an URL (Universal Resource Location) that offers data, information, entertainment or other computer-supported expression. Sometimes, it is referred to as the home page or home site. These may be established or maintained by organizations or individuals.

Wetherall/Shannon algorithm - Refers to a non-recursive binary tree spacing algorithm that uses two global arrays, and two local variables. It makes two traversals of a binary decision tree. The first is refered to as the "postorder" traversal. The second is the "preorder" traversal.

Windows - Is Microsofts's line of GUI OS. The Windows line includes Windows 3.x, Windows 95, 98, 2000 and NT. This also refers to any subscreen (child) in a GUI UI. This term is often used to refer to a UNIX system with XWINDOWS.

Word - In computer science a word is used when referring to memory and is typically 4 bytes. In telagraphy it refers to five characters and one space.

World Wide Web - Is the interconnection of various and disparate computers by telecommunications. Specifically it refers to the portion of the internet dictated by the HTTP protocol and can be navigated through the use of a browser such as Internet Explorer, Netscape, Lynx, Opera or Cello.

WRS - Is a World Wide Reference System.

WWW - Is the World Wide Web.

WYSIWYG - Refers to What You See Is What You Get.