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This glossary is far from complete. We are constantly adding computing terms.

hard copy
A printout from a computer.

hard disc
A rigid magnetic disc which provides storage space on a computer for data or software applications. Also known as a "fixed disk", it is housed in the system box of a desktop computer. It has more storage space and a quicker access time than a floppy disc.

The mechanical and electrical parts of the computer.

HTML (hypertext mark-up language)
A simple programming language used to write World Wide Web pages.

http (hypertext transfer protocol)
Used when you are visiting Web pages. Your request to access certain information from the Web is sent using http. When you see a URL that begins with 'http://' you know that address points to a Web page - an example is http://www.wikieducator.org

A hardware device used to join a number of workstations to the rest of the LAN by means of only one link.

Text displayed on a computer screen which includes hyperlinks. When an hyperlink is clicked on the screen it shows another region of the page, or another hypertext page is displayed. For example, the letters above are hyperlinks to the other parts of the glossary.