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Client/Server, the Internet, and WWW
Robelle Solutions Technology Inc.
Copyright Robelle Solutions Technology Inc. 1995-1996
The World Wide Web (WWW) is a
collection of servers distributed all over the world that respond
to various clients. The WWW allows you to click on links to
text, pictures, music, or video located on these servers and then
to play the selected files on your local client PC, workstation,
or terminal, along with more links to related information. You
never need to know where the information is located or to learn
any obscure commands to access it.
The on-line version of this paper is available as a linked set
of files or as a large single
file. Downloading this paper as a single file may take some
time, but has the advantage of making it convenient to save or
print the entire paper with your Web browser.
To help you understand the World Wide Web, we have organized this
paper into these major sections:
Copyright 1995-1996 Robelle Solutions Technology Inc.
Jump on board for a ride on the Web. We hope that you'll find
enough information here to join us with your own WWW information.
To understand the WWW, it helps if you understand some basic Web
concepts. Fundamental to this understanding is the concept of
client/server computing on a global scale.
Language of the Web
Whether you're reading WWW documents or creating your own, it
helps if you understand the basic components of the WWW language.
One powerful feature of the WWW is that the information you
publish on your server can be read by many different clients. In
this section, we provide a quick introduction to some of the
popular WWW clients.
If you want to make your own information available to WWW
clients, you'll want to set up your own server. In this section,
we discuss some common WWW server software and give our
suggestions for how WWW server information should be designed.
Interesting Places to Visit
The WWW is a big place. Here are a few pointers to some of the
things that we have liked or found useful.
Summing it Up
These are our parting thoughts on client/server, WWW, and the
A short list of books that we have found very useful for learning
more about the WWW.