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W3C, WAP, Web Server, Web Page, Website, Webspace, WLAN, WiFi


W3C

(abbr., “WWW” = “W3”): The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is the main international standards organization for the World Wide Web. Founded in 1994 and currently led by Tim Berners-Lee, the consortium is made up of member organizations that maintain full-time staff working together in the development of standards for the World Wide Web. As of 21 October 2019, W3C had 443 members. W3C also engages in education and outreach, develops software and serves as an open forum for discussion about the Web.

This article is based on the article World_Wide_Web_Consortium from the free encyclopedia Wikipedia and is licensed under Creative Commons CC-BY-SA 3.0 Unported (short version). A list of authors is available in Wikipedia.

WAP

(abbr.): Wireless Application Protocol: Network protocol for wireless portable computer applications.
The predecessors of the smartphones (feature phones) thus had a slimmed-down Internet. Because the data connection was very slow and this service very expensive, it was also said that the abbreviation WAP stood for “Wait And Pay”.

Web Browser

please go to: Browser.

Web Server

Powerful computer on the WWW on which Internet services or Internet pages are made available for request.

Web Page

One page of a website. A website can consist of hundreds or thousands of web pages. Its start page is called “home page” or “homepage”.

Website

Made up of “web” as in net and “site” as in construction site. Since there is always something to be done on a website, it is more or less a permanent construction site, but you should never see that! “Under Construction” notices are unprofessional and drive visitors away! That's bad for business! – Then it is better to create only one page as a web business card, this is even modern and requires little effort. A web page with a notice about maintenance work is a good compromise if it is limited in time and perhaps even announced in advance during off-peak hours (evenings/weekends).
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Webspace

Made up of “web” as in network and “space” as in place or room. This is what internet service providers call the rented storage space for their customers' websites. These websites run on a web server.

WLAN

(abbr.): Wireless Local Area Network (longer abbr.: Wireless LAN).
See also: WiFi.

WiFi

(abbr.): Wireless Fidelity. A transmission standard by IEEE 802.11.


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