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W3
  Short for WWW.
 


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W3C
  Short for World Wide Web Consortium. W3C's mission is to "lead the Web to its full potential" by developing Web standards. W3C consists of a staff of technical experts, members and invited experts from the public. The larger webmaster community also has a role to play in providing input on the standards developed by W3C.
 


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WAMP
  WAMP (Windows, Apache, MySQL, PHP) is a development platform that web developers use to create dynamic web sites.
 


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Wayback Machine
  The Wayback Machine (http://archive.org/) is a large archive of web pages, cached since 1997. In simple terms, the Wayback Machine takes "snapshots" of web pages. It uses a spider that finds pages by following links - similar to the spiders used by search engines. If your web page is well-linked from other pages, the Wayback Machine will find it. The Wayback Machine can be blocked from archiving your site through the use of a robots.txt file.
 


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web application
  A program designed to be used on the web, using a browser, as opposed to a stand-alone program like Microsoft Word.

An example of a web program would be a casino slot machine game played online.
 


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web browser
  See browser
 


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web form
  See form
 


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web host
  See host
 


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web site (website)
  A collection of files, grouped under a specific domain name and published on the Internet.

This web site (www.webdesigndictionary.com), for example, is a collection of HTML documents and images grouped under the www.webdesigndictionary.com domain name.

Web sites can be interactive in the sense that users are allowed to contribute to the content on the site, for example YouTube.com where users may upload videos.
 


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web site template
  See template
 


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web space
  Web space usually refers to hosting space or server space allocated to a specific web site. Most web sites are hosted on shared servers where only a portion of the available space is allocated to each site.
 


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white hat
  Refers to good practices, versus black hat which refers to bad practices. In search engine optimization terms, white hat practices would refer to those optimization techniques that do not attempt to manipulate search results in an unfair or dishonest way.
 


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white space
  The empty space between design elements on a web site, for example an unused bit of page between a horizontal menu and the body text of the web site. White space is used to separate design elements and create visual groupings of design elements.

Note that white space does not have to be white - the term refers to any area on the site where the background is visible through the content of the site.
 


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wiki
  A wiki is a type of web site where the visitors edit the content with the aim of making it more complete/correct. Usually a user would log in to the site before being allowed to edit the content.

Wikipedia is one example of a wiki.
 


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WYSIWYG
  WYSIWYG is short for "What You See Is What You Get". A WYSIWYG HTML editor allows the web designer to work on the web site without editing the code directly. The WYSIWYG editor has a user-friendly interface which allows the designer to place images, change attributes etc. without having to write the HTML markup. It is worth noting that most WYSIWYG editors are somewhat limited and that professional designers should have a good command of the language in order to be able to edit the code directly.
 


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