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The Difference Between the Internet and the World Wide Web
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The Difference Between the Internet & the World Wide Web


Many people use the terms Internet and World Wide Web (a.k.a. the Web)
interchangeably, but in fact the two terms are not synonymous. The Internet and
the Web are two separate but related things.

The Internet is a massive network of networks, a networking infrastructure. It
connects millions of computers together globally, forming a network in which any
computer can communicate with any other computer as long as they are both
connected to the Internet. Information that travels over the Internet does so
via a variety of languages known as protocols.

The World Wide Web, or simply Web, is a way of accessing information over the
medium of the Internet. It is an information-sharing model that is built on top
of the Internet. The Web uses the HTTP protocol, only one of the languages
spoken over the Internet, to transmit data. Web services, which use HTTP to
allow applications to communicate in order to exchange business logic, use the
the Web to share information. The Web also utilizes browsers, such as Internet
Explorer or Netscape, to access Web documents called Web pages that are linked
to each other via hyperlinks. Web documents also contain graphics, sounds, text
and video.

The Web is just one of the ways that information can be disseminated over the
Internet. The Internet, not the Web, is also used for e-mail, which relies on
SMTP, Usenet news groups, instant messaging and FTP. So the Web is just a
portion of the Internet, albeit a large portion, but the two terms are not
synonymous and should not be confused.

Author: anonymous - from Ex-Designz
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Submitted August 22nd, 2008