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Advertising - defined as offering space on a World Wide Web page to another party for the purpose of promoting goods or services offered by that party in exchange for money, goods, or services.

Domain name - Domain names are the alphabetic names used to refer to computers on the Internet and contain a suffix such as .com, .org, .gov, or .edu. The suffix indicates what type of organization is hosting the site.

E-mail or electronic mail - Messages sent from one person to another via computer.

Home page - The entry page on a Web site, which introduces the site and provides the means of navigation.

HTTP - Hypertext Transfer Protocol, the rules that govern the transmission of Web documents from one computer to another via the Internet.

Hyperlink - see Link.

Link - A word, phrase, or image highlighted in a hypertext document to act as a navigation aid to related information. Links may be indicated with an underline, a color contrast, or a border.

Official Web Pages - Web pages of an official University of Rhode Island unit, such as a college, department, center, or program, for the purposes of teaching, research, service to the community, or conducting University business.

Personal Web Pages - Web pages developed by students, faculty, and staff that contain non-official information about the authors, including their backgrounds, interests, and/or opinions.

Protocols - Set of communication rules that allow clients and servers to communicate accurately with each other.

Research and Instruction Web Pages - Web pages developed by instructor or principal investigator that contain teaching, instruction and research related information.

Sponsorship - Defined as offering space on a World Wide Web page to another party for the purpose of mentioning the party's name as recognition for the donation of money, goods or services.

Student Organizations Web Pages - Web pages developed by clubs, organizations and associations that are registered through the Student Senate and/or affiliated with one or more academic or administrative units.

Top-level Web Pages - Official Web pages are normally created and linked in a hierarchical manner, following a logical organization such as University > colleges > departments > faculty > class > etc. The highest level pages are those at the top of the hierarchy. Pages in the hierarchy that precede those currently being accessed are termed top-level Web pages.

Unit - Defined as a University department, college or division.

Unit designee(s) - Individuals(s) designated by a unit to assume responsibility for ensuring the accuracy and timeliness of Web content and adherence to University policies and applicable laws.

URL (Universal Resource Locator) - URL is the World Wide Web address of a site on the Internet. For example, is the URL for the University of Rhode Island official home page.

Web - see World Wide Web.

Web Browser - Software such as Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer designed to enable access to and display of Web pages.

Web Pages - The collection of text, image, sound, and other electronic files stored in World Wide Web format by a user on a Web server for access by others who connect via the World Wide Web.

Web Server - A computer that is accessible via the Internet and is being used as a repository for Web pages.

Web Site - A collection of Web pages created and maintained by a unit.

Webmaster - The person responsible for administering a Web site.

World Wide Web - Often referred to simply as "the Web" or just "WWW". An Internet service that allows connection to the linked computer resources and interconnection networks throughout the world.

WWW - See World Wide Web.


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