Monday, May 01, 2006

The Internet != The Web

The Internet <does not equal> The Web..

The Internet and the Web are not synonymous..

The Web is a term that's often mistakenly used as a synonym for the Internet itself.. but here's the distinction between them:

-The Internet:
The Internet, or simply the Net, is the publicly accessible worldwide system of interconnected computer networks that transmit data by packet switching using a standardized Internet Protocol (IP). It is made up of thousands of smaller commercial, academic, domestic, and government networks. It carries various information and services, such as electronic mail, online chat, and the interlinked Web pages and other documents of the World Wide Web..

The Internet is a collection of interconnected computer networks, linked by copper wires, fiber-optic cables, wireless connections, microwave links etc..

-The Web:
The World Wide Web ("WWW" or simply the "Web") is a global information space which people can read-from and write-to via a large number of different Internet-connected devices. For example, computers, Personal Digital Assistants(PDA), cellular phones, telephone kiosks, etc. The World Wide Web is also available (sometimes only partially) through digital television services, exposing content onto television screens..

The Web is actually a service that operates over the Internet, just like e-mail..

WWW is the complete set of documents residing on all Internet servers that use the HTTP protocol, accessible to users via a simple point-and-click system..

The Web is a collection of interconnected documents, linked by hyperlinks and URLs, and is accessible using the Internet..

On other words we can say:
The Internet is the hardware..
The Web is the software..

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