A way for web browser users to mark a web page they want
to return to later, in the same way you would put a
bookmark in a book. Choose Bookmarks from the
Communicator menu in your browser to add or go to
To store on a computer user's hard disk a local copy of
a web page accessed via the Internet. The web browser
compares the cached copy of the page to the original,
and if there have been no changes, the browser and
server programs will use the cached copy rather than
reloading the page onto the client, saving processing
and download time. Also refers to a web site's database
generating static copies of frequently requested dynamic
pages, reducing processing time.
A section of the Netscape Netcenter site. Each channel
focuses on a particular topic, such as travel,
entertainment, or shopping.
A feature of Netscape Conference that lets you converse
with other computer users by typing messages in
real-time online sessions.
A service of the Netscape Netcenter site that lists ads
for new and used goods as well as personal ads for those
Computer hardware or software used by an end user on a
computer network or the Internet to query a remote
server. A web browser is an example of client software.
Also refers to a local computer.
A computing network in which the functions are divided
between clients (or personal computers or terminals),
and servers that store, process, and transmit the
information. A standard language is used to define
A unique string of letters and numbers that a web server
stores in a file on a user's hard drive. Web developers
computer. For example, cookies can keep track of
purchases a visitor wants to make while shopping through
a web catalog. Cookies may work through a single visit
to a web site or may be set to work through multiple
sessions when a visitor returns to a site that includes
customized information, such as My Netscape.
The digital equivalent of positive identification, such
as a driver's license. Issued by various certificate
authorities, digital certificates are used to prove that
a web site, or a visitor to a web site, is the entity or
person they claim to be.
Digital signatures work just like paper-and-ink
signatures, allowing document recipients to confirm the
source of a document. Digital signatures are generated
by digital certificates.
A place to meet online and discuss topics with people
who share common interests. Discussion Groups is
Netscape Netcenter's discussion group, where members can
read interviews with top business leaders and discuss
today's hot topics.
To retrieve a copy of a file from another computer using
a modem or computer network.
Electronic mail that is sent either over a company's
computer network or over the Internet. See also WebMail.
A method of encoding messages to provide privacy for
email, discussion group postings, and other
communications as they move over intranets or the
Internet. Some methods of encrypting, such as 128-bit
encryption, are so difficult to break that U.S. export
laws permit them to be used only within the United
States. Netscape Communicator provides the option of
securing U.S. documents using 128-bit encryption.
A specialized virtual community created by linking
business groups via the World Wide Web. Similar to an
intranet, an extranet includes outside vendors and uses
web technology to facilitate interbusiness transactions,
such as placing and checking orders, tracking
merchandise, and making payments.
File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
A standard that allows users to transfer files from one
computer to another using a modem and telephone lines or
a computer network. Netscape Navigator and Communicator
can both be used to access FTP sites.
Computer hardware and/or software that limits access to
a computer over a network or from an outside source.
Used to prevent computer hackers from getting into a
company's computer systems.
The page a web browser is set to display every time the
browser is opened.
A software program that makes creating a web page nearly
as easy as typing a memo using a word processor. Instead
of learning HTML commands, users can format web pages
using menus and buttons. The HTML editing tools in
Netscape Composer support bullets, tables, paragraph
alignment, font size, font color, indenting, and other
common formatting features. Many HTML editor packages,
including Netscape Composer, display the page being
edited in the same way it will be displayed on the web -
a feature called WYSIWIG, or what you see is what you
The standard for publishing documents on web servers,
whether on an intranet or the Internet. Netscape
Composer's One-Button Publish feature supports HTTP
publishing and allows users to publish their documents
to any web server with a single mouse click.
A connection found in web pages and other electronic
documents that, when clicked with a mouse, automatically
opens a file or web page in your web browser. A
hyperlink may be a word, icon, or graphic. When a
hyperlink is text, it typically displays in a different
color and may also be underlined. A text hyperlink that
the user has already visited is usually displayed in a
Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)
A language used to create web pages and other documents
that can contain text, graphics, and connections called
Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP)
The set of standards that allows computer users to
access the World Wide Web. HTTP:// is the command that
tells the browser that the document found at this
address is HTTP-compatible, and to display it in HTTP
A service from Netscape and America Online that lets
users exchange messages over the Internet in a flash.
The "information superhighway" that is made possible by
standard transmission control protocols/Internet
protocols (TCP/IP). Originally developed for the U.S.
military in 1969, it grew to include educational and
research institutions. With the advent of browsers like
Netscape Navigator, the arcane commands formerly used to
access the Internet became unnecessary. The Internet
includes access to email, the World Wide Web, and Usenet
Internet Service Provider (ISP)
A company or organization that lets users connect to the
Internet by dialing into its computers using a modem.
ISPs typically charge a fee and in return provide the
dial-up telephone number, an email address, and some
technical assistance (usually via email), but no online
content. See also online service.
A computer network that functions like the Internet,
using web browser software to access and process the
information that employees need, but the information and
web pages are located on computers within a company.
A computer language developed by Sun Microsystems that
can be read by many different computer platforms without
the need for programmers to laboriously create a version
of the program for each platform. Java programs, also
called applets, are automatically downloaded and
executed on the client side by the web browser.
A Netscape Netcenter service that lets members connect
with other professionals in their industry and make
A modulator demodulator, or device that allows a
computer to receive and transmit data over standard
telephone lines. A modem takes digital data and converts
it to analog data, and the modem at the other end takes
the analog data and converts it back to digital. Most
computers use modems to connect to the Internet and the
World Wide Web.
A Netscape Netcenter service that lets users customize a
web page to display the news, stock prices, and local
weather of their choice.
A company that allows computer users to connect to the
Internet by dialing into its computers using a modem.
Similar to ISPs, these services also offer features and
online content available only to members.
At the bottom of every Netscape Netcenter page, a list
of links that let you jump instantly to our Help page
and site map or any of our content channels.
A computer operating system such as Unix, Windows, or
Small applications that add new functionality,
multimedia, or audio-video capability to a program. For
example, an audio plug-in lets Netscape Navigator users
listen to audio files on a web page or in an email
A software program that retrieves information from web
sites and deposits a copy on the user's computer to view
offline. This is in contrast to traditional pull
technology, where the user must manually seek and find
information on the World Wide Web.
At the same time, simultaneously. An event where two or
more people communicate simultaneously, similar to the
way people speak on a telephone at the same time. This
is in contrast to time-shifting, where one person leaves
a message and the other person responds later. Examples
of real-time Internet communication include chat,
Internet phone calls, and live broadcasts of concerts or
A button on the Netscape Navigator toolbar that provides
single-click access to the web's leading search engines.
A web-based program that allows users to search and
retrieve specific information from the World Wide Web.
The search engine may search the full text of web
documents or a list of keywords, or use librarians who
review web documents and index them manually for
retrieval. Typically, the user types a word or phrase,
also called a query, into a search box.
A computer that is attached to the Internet, which
automatically stores, processes, and transmits data and
delivers it to a client. A standard language is used to
define this client-server interaction.
Copyrighted software that is distributed over the
Internet or from one satisfied user to another user. No
fee is charged for trying the program, but the user is
expected to pay a donation to the owner and tell others
about the program if he or she continues to use it.
Software that is distributed for free, such as Netscape
Communicator, is called freeware.
A program that automatically downloads and installs
Netscape Communicator and its plug-ins. SmartUpdate
eliminates the need for configuration, making it simple
to add new features to Communicator.
Spell checking is integrated throughout Netscape
Communicator components. Users can check spelling in
email messages, web documents, and discussion group
Uniform Resource Locator (URL)
Pronounced as either "U-R-L" or "Earl." The standardized
addressing or naming system used for locating web sites
and other resources over the Internet. Also known as an
Internet address or web address.
The part of a computer program that the user sees
displayed on the screen. Also used to describe how
people interact with what they see on the computer
screen. A good user interface makes it easy for users to
do what they want to do. See also graphical user
Links at the top of each Netcenter page that make it
easy to search the Internet, check email, go to your
personalized home page, or look up an email address.
A software application used to make navigating the
Internet easy for the user by providing a graphical user
interface (or GUI) so the user can click menus, icons,
or buttons rather than learning difficult computer
commands. Also called a web client because the browser
application resides on the client, or the computer of
the individual using it, rather than residing on a web
A Netscape Netcenter service that helps users find what
they are looking for on the web by their topic of
interest, then scanning the subtopics for a list of
recommended web sites and brief site reviews.
A single document on the World Wide Web that is
specified by a unique address or URL and that may
contain text, hyperlinks, and graphics.
Computer hardware where web pages are stored and
accessed by others using web client software, or the
computer software that allows the user to access the web
pages. See also server.
A group of similar web pages linked by hyperlinks and
managed by a single company, organization, or
individual. A web site may include text, graphics, audio
and video files, and hyperlinks to other web pages.
Netscape's free, permanent email account that you can
access from home, work, the local library, or your
college computer lab. Your mail is stored on a server,
rather than on your personal computer, so you can access
it from any computer with an Internet connection.
Netscape Netcenter's daily list of the most interesting
Netscape Netcenter's daily list of the newest or most
topical web sites.
Online directories that work much the same way as a
telephone book to track down friends or locate business
World Wide Web
Also known as the web. A portion of the Internet that
has a graphical user interface composed of web servers
that provide access to web sites and web documents. The
"www" in the URL is often pronounced "dub-dub-dub" or
Online directories where users can find phone numbers,
mailing addresses, email contacts, and web pages for
companies around the world.
You Are Here
Netscape Netcenter's navigation system that lets you see
where you are on the Netcenter site. Check the top of
every Netcenter page and use the links as shortcuts to
find your way to related parts of the site.