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What is a Browser?

Freitag, Nov. 12, 2010, 16:13

The most commonly used terms when it comes to talking about practical use of the Internet are without a doubt search engine, browser, link and probably Google. But if someone asked you to explain or define any of the above words (including the Internet), would you be able to? Chances are, probably not. So we thought we’d clarify things slightly, so that if someone from Google happens to pounce on you on the streets of your city, you’ll be able to give them a better answer than the people interviewed in the YouTube video.

Enlightenment… If you’re reading this, you have a browser…

A browser is basically a software application that allows you to retrieve, receive, and present information resources from the Internet. What defines information resource you might ask… An information resource on the Internet is usually identified by a URI (Uniform Resource Identifier), the most common of which is http (Hypertext Transfer Protocol). You can spot these four letters at the beginning of virtually every URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A URL is part of what makes up the URI, but let’s not get too technical… Bottom line is: you need a browser to access the World Wide Web.

Browsers come with all kinds of names, there’s Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, Opera and the latest addition to the market: Google’s Chrome. There are advantages and disadvantages to every browser; some are faster, or more reliable, some have a better user interfaces and others just look prettier.

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Backwards and Forwards buttons that let you navigate to the previous resource and forward again.
A refresh or reload button to reboot the current page.
A stop button, that allows you to cancel the loading of a resource.
A home page, address bar, search bar and status bar.

All browsers can run search engines; these are used to assist you in finding the information that you’re looking for. Search engines like Google, Yahoo, and all work in the same way, they web crawl, index and search – which basically means that they crawl through the pages stored on the web to pinpoint and point out the sites that most closely resemble your search terms. Once on a page, most browsers will allow you to not only look at websites but also the media that makes up that website i.e. video, images and of course text.

To sum up, let’s put the whole thing in more literary (or shall I say lyrical) terms:

Think of the Internet like a wild sea and the browser your chosen vessel, the ship that will take you to where you want to go and allow you to navigate to and through all the treasures the net has to offer.

Happy sailing (aka browsing)!

Sophie von Oswald | TribaSpace

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