Blog Entry – Another Glossary

Definition of:

  • .gif file format
  • .jpg file format

.GIF:  GIF supports up to 8 bits per pixel, allowing a single image to reference a palette of up to 256 distinct colors chosen from the 24-bit RGB color space. It also supports animations and allows a separate palette of 256 colors for each frame. The color limitation makes the GIF format unsuitable for reproducing color photographs and other images with continuous color, but it is well-suited for simpler images such as graphics or logos with solid areas of color.

.JPG:  In computing, JPEG is a commonly used method of compression for photographic images. The degree of compression can be adjusted, allowing a selectable tradeoff between storage size and image quality. JPEG typically achieves 10:1 compression with little perceptible loss in image quality.


Blog Entry – Web Cookie? Yes, please!

What is the purpose of a cookie in a web browser?

In computing, a cookie is a small string of text stored on a user’s computer by a web browser.  A cookie consists of one or more name-value pairs containing bits of information such as user preferences, shopping cart contents, the identifier for a server-based session, or other data used by websites.

A cookie can be used for authenticating, session tracking (state maintenance), and maintaining specific information about users, such as site preferences or the contents of their electronic shopping carts.

Blog Entry – Glossary again!

  • FTP:  File Transfer Protocol is a standard network protocol used to exchange and manipulate files over an Internet Protocol computer network, such as the Internet
  • URL:  In computing, a Uniform Resource Locator is a type of Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) that specifies where an identified resource is available and the mechanism for retrieving it. In popular usage and in many technical documents and verbal discussions it is often incorrectly used as a synonym for URI. In popular language, a URL is also referred to as a Web address.
  • Firewall:  A firewall is a part of a computer system or network that is designed to block unauthorized access while permitting authorized communications. It is a device or set of devices configured to permit, deny, encrypt, decrypt, or proxy all (in and out) computer traffic between different security domains based upon a set of rules and other criteria.
  • Blog Entry – Writing for the Web

    Google: How to write in plain english
    What do they mean by plain english?

    • Keep your sentences short
    • Prefer active verbs
    • Use ‘you’ and ‘we’
    • Use words that are appropriate for the reader
    • Don’t be afraid to give instructions
    • Avoid nominalizations
    • Use lists where appropriate

    So what is plain English? It is a message, written with the reader in mind and with the right tone of voice, that is clear and concise.

    Blog Entry – Task Four

    Come up with the following:

  • a list of tasks for things that can be done online now.
  • a wish list for the internet ( What would you like to be able to do?)
  • A list of things that can be done on the internet.

    • Talk to friends on MSN (Windows Live Messenger) or AIM (America Instant Messaging).
    • Watch and upload videos through Youtube.
    • Keep up to date with the latest information on topics you’re interested in with Forums.
    • Learn about new products that are releasing from your favourite company.
    • Watch your favourite television shows online by downloading or streaming them.
    • Read manga or comics online/watch anime.
    • Learn of new movies that are being released as well as music.
    • Play flash games on websites and earn prizes on some.
    • Enter online compititions.
    • Stream live videos through the use of your webcam.

    My wish list for the internet:

    • To be able to enter the internet in the form of an avatar, where you can roam the web and treat it as though you were taking a trip to the local mall.
    • Step into a virtual world that has been set up in the style of a game, and play the game as though you were in it.
    • Instant Travel.  To be able to set a destination, and, through the internet, convert your body into electrons, and send yourself to another “internet pod” where you will regain your human form, and have been moved to another location.

    The Differing Sizes

    “I’m about ready to go home, aye?”  –  Marty

    We’ve got a new task for today!  It’s to type about three things about website resizing.

    Example of Fluid

    Example of Fluid


    This is Coca-Cola Global: Soft Drink & Beverage Products.  It is a Fluid type of resizing website.  The point of a fluid website is to have the website content resize to accomodate the size at which the user has changed their web browser to be.  For example, if you were to have a 800×600 sized web browser as a starting point, expanding the browser would result in the website’s content to “justify” itself to make the website flow as easy as it would if it were a smaller browser.  Why not try it out?

    Example of a Fixed Website

    Example of a Fixed Website


    This is Westpac New Zealand.  It is a Fluid type of resizing website.  The point of a fixed website is to keep the website’s content the same size no matter how the user may stretch the web browser’s size.  For example, if the user was to have opened the website on a web browser sized at 800×600, the user would see that the website’s content would be the same size, in every way, if they had stretched the web browser window to a size of 1280×1024.  The name “Fixed” doesn’t just mean it’s been spruced up!

    Example of Flash

    Example of Flash


    This is SectionSeven Inc.  It is a Flash website.  The point of a Flash website is to obtain the user’s attention through visual stimulation.  The website is made to look good through movement of images or text.  Looking into the site, users will find that interacting with the flash is the main way of navigation.  I suggest giving the website a try.  It’s pretty cool.


    That’s it from me for today!  Keep it real!~

    Time for Glossary!~

    HTTP – Stands for “HyperText Transfer Protocol.” This is the protocol used to transfer data over the World Wide Web. That’s why all Web site addresses begin with “http://”. Whenever you type a URL into your browser and hit Enter, your computer sends an HTTP request to the appropriate Web server. The Web server, which is designed to handle HTTP requests, then sends to you the requested HTML page.

    Head – The first section of code (page source) in most HTML documents, usually containing the page’s title, META description, META keywords, and more. The code in the header is encompassed by the following tags: <HEAD>, </HEAD>.

    Body – The body element defines the document’s body.

    The body element contains all the contents of an HTML document, such as text, hyperlinks, images, tables, lists, etc.

    DOCTYPE – A file that defines how applications interpreting a document should present the content. It is used in HTML , XML , and other Markup languages. A DOCTYPE is a means of specifying what syntax a web page uses. Include a document type declaration at the beginning of a document that refers to a published DTD (e.g., the strict HTML 4.0 DTD). The document type declaration should be appropriate to the markup language you are using. It should appear at the very beginning of an HTML document in order to identify the content of the document as conforming to a particular HTML DTD specification.

    CSS – Short for Cascading Style Sheets, a new feature being added to HTML that gives both Web site developers and users more control over how pages are displayed. With CSS, designers and users can create style sheets that define how different elements, such as headers and links, appear. These style sheets can then be applied to any Web page.

    The term cascading derives from the fact that multiple style sheets can be applied to the same Web page. CSS was developed by the W3C.

    WWW – Stands for “World Wide Web.” It is important to know that this is not a synonym for the Internet. The World Wide Web, or just “the Web,” as ordinary people call it, is a subset of the Internet. The Web consists of pages that can be accessed using a Web browser. The Internet is the actual network of networks where all the information resides. Things like Telnet, FTP, Internet gaming, Internet Relay Chat (IRC), and e-mail are all part of the Internet, but are not part of the World Wide Web. The Hyper-Text Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is the method used to transfer Web pages to your computer. With hypertext, a word or phrase can contain a link to another Web site. All Web pages are written in the hyper-text markup language (HTML), which works in conjunction with HTTP.

    Domain name – This is the name that identifies an Web site. For example, “” is the domain name of Microsoft’s Web site. A single Web server can serve Web sites for multiple domain names, but a single domain name can point to only one machine. For example, Apple Computer has Web sites at,, and Each of these sites could be served on different machines.

    Then there are domain names that have been registered, but are not connected to a Web server. The most common reason for this is to have e-mail addresses at a certain domain name without having to maintain a Web site. In these cases, the domain name must be connected to a machine that is running a mail server.