What is the Web?
- an application of hypermedia:
a combination of hypertext
- the main Internet graphical user interface.
What is hypertext?
- Non-linear text: hyperlinks allow readers to follow a sequence of their own, not just the top to down (linear) design created by the page developer.
- Interactive: hyperlinks, forms, buttons, etc, allow the reader to interact with the page content.
- Following the user logic: the reader (user) selects her/his own logical sequence to read the page by selecting what links to follow.
- Based on links to keywords or references: the basic feature allowing all of the above and drill down on specific topics of user interest.
What is multimedia?
A combination of:
For transmitting a message with the richest details possible.
- text: the main content of most Web pages.
- graphical images: used to convey static images of people, products, buildings, or just to enhance the esthetical appearance of the Web page.
- audio: from simple sounds to music, voice recordings.
- video: used to convey dynamic images of an event, presentation speech, generally combined with audio.
How does it work?
- Service providers (Web sites) use servers to show their pages created using hypermedia languages as for example the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML).
- Users navigate the Web using clients (browsers) like
Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc. The browsers are set to go to the specific Internet address (URL) of a page in a service provider Web server.