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WAIS[Wide Area Information server] A database on the Internet that contains indexes to documents that reside on the Internet.

Wand scanner Handheld OCR scanner.

Wave file A windows sound file.

Webcasting The broadcasting of real-time audio and/or video streams over the Internet.

Web guide An Internet resource discovery tool that groups Internet resources in a hierarchical manner by category to assist people in navigating to a desired site.

Wide area network (WAN) A computer network that connects nodes in widely dispersed geographic areas. (Contrast with local area network.)

WindowA rectangular section of a display screen that is dedicated to a specific document, activity, or application.

Window panes Simultaneous display of subareas of a particular window.

WindowsA software product by Microsoft Corporation that provides a graphical user interface and multitasking capabilities for the MS-DOS environment.

Windows 95An operating system by Microsoft Corporation.

Windows 98 An operating system by Microsoft Corporation (the successor to Windows 95).

Windows 9xA generic reference to any successor to the Windows 95 operating system.

Windows application An application that conforms to the Microsoft Common User Access (CUA) standards and operates under the Microsoft Windows platform.

Windows CE A Microsoft operating system whose GUI is similar to Windows 9x operating systems, that is designed to run on handheld PCs, PDAs, and other small computers.

Windows for WorkgroupsVersion of Microsoft Windows that includes built-in peer-to-peer networking and e-mail.

Windows NT A powerful client/server operating system.

Windows NT Server The server-side portion of the Windows NT operating system.

Windows NT Workstation The client-side portion of the Windows NT operating system.

Wintel PC A personal computer using a Microsoft Windows operating system in conjunction with an Intel Corporation or Intel-compatible processor.

WMF (Windows metafile) A popular format for metafiles.

WordFor a given computer, an established number of bits that are handled as a unit.

Word processingUsing the computer to enter, store, manipulate, and print text.

Word wrapA word processing feature that automatically moves, or "wraps," text to the next line when that text would otherwise exceed the right margin limit.

Work space The area in a window below the title bar or menu bar containing everything that relates to the application noted in the title bar.

Workgroup computingComputer applications that involve cooperation among people linked by a computer network. (Related to groupware.)

Workstation A high-performance single-user computer system with sophisticated input/output devices that can be easily networked with other workstations or computers.

World Wide Web (the Web, WWW, W3)An Internet server that offers multimedia and hypertext links.

WormA program that erases data and/or programs from a computer system's memory, usually with malicious intent.

WORM disk [Write-Once Read-Many disk] An optical laser disk that can be read many times after the data are written to it, but the data cannot be changed or erased.

WORM disk cartridge The medium for WORM disk drives.

Write To record data on the output medium of a particular I/O device (tape, hard copy, PC display). (Contrast with read.)

WYSIWYG[What You See Is What You Get] A software package in which what is displayed on the screen is very similar in appearance to what you get when the document is printed.


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