|Web Page||What you are reading right now is called a Web Page. Generally, web pages consist of text, graphics, and "hypertext". Hypertext is hidden information which is not generally shown, but affects the form or functionality of the page. For example, I used some Hypertext to make the words "Web Page" turn bold over there to the left.|
|Link||Any piece of text or graphic that you can move your mouse over and click on is called a Link. Think of a Link as a doorway between rooms. Clicking on the Link is like walking from one room to the next, only instead of rooms, you're moving betwee web pages. In something like 90% of the web pages out there, a link looks like this:|
It is underlined text, usually either blue or purple. In this case, clicking on the link will take you to the Yahoo home page, but links can take you just about anywhere! Blue links usually indicate a link to a page you have not seen yet, and purple links indicate that you have already been to the web page on the other side of the link. Sometimes links are not underlined or a different color - in that case, you can tell that a link or graphic is a link by moving the mouse cursor over it. For example, one of the words in this sentence is a link, but doesn't look any different. Move your mouse over the sentence until you find and click on it.
|Browser||The program you're using to view this web page is called a Browser. Most likely, it is Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, or Communicator. It might be AOL or Earthlink (which also uses Explorer, last time I checked), but the exact name is not important. What I'd like to make sure you know is how to use the forward/back buttons on your browser. Look up above, at the top of the window, until you find a button that's labelled "Back". It might also simply have an arrow pointing to the left. If you want to go back to the page you were just visiting, simply click that button. Try it now - click here to go to Yahoo, then use your browser's Back button to return to this page. Explore using the back and forwards buttons to move freely between pages you've visited.|