e-business jargon buster: Browser

The piece of software that enables you to look at the World Wide Web – it’s your window to the Internet. The two best-known browsers are Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Netscape’s Navigator. Others include Lynx or Opera but the first two are by far the most common.


Bookmarks & Favourites Frequently visited sites can be stored as a “Favourite” in Explorer or a “Bookmark” in Netscape Navigator to save you keying in the web address each time. When visiting a site you like, simply go to the Bookmark or Favourite menu in the bar at the top of your browser and select “Add page to favourites” or “Add bookmark.”


Download This is when you retrieve data from the Internet, such as a picture, a piece of animation or a template for a form, and transfer it to your desktop computer. It should be a simple process: the item may invite you to download it when you pass the cursor over it or, if you click on a downloadable image, a menu will pop up giving you the option to do so. In technical terms, you will have performed an “FTP”, or File Transfer Protocol, function.


URL This stands for Uniform Resource Locator and is a technical term for a web address.

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