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Wapner, Judge - ex-jurist of The People's Court. See IWTPC, IANAL.

WAV - the TLE for Windows audio files. See AIFF, AIF.

Web - see WWW.

web browser - or simply "browser" is software that allows you to navigate through and retrieve information from the World Wide Web. See MIE, Netscape, HTML, web surf.

web page - an html file placed on the internet as part of a web site and made available to others. A web page is located by a specific URL. See home page.

web serf - a slave to the web. See web surf.

web surf - a. to be a slave to the web. See web serf. See web browser.

web server - a software and/or hardware combination that hosts web pages and/or provides other services. See Commerce Builder, Internet Information Server, Enterprise Server, WebSite Professional, Web Server.

Web Server - a web server package from Novell.

web site - a collection of web pages that form a greater whole, such as Zeus's Lair. The first page of a site is called a home page. See index.html, home.html.

WebSite Professional - a web server package from O'Reilly & Associates.

well-behaved - adj. 1. generally obeying the required standards and guidelines, and therefore considered reliable and compatible. A well-behaved Macintosh or Windows applications would abide by the appropriate development guidelines, and not, say, implement its own proprietary low-level routines. 2. generally friendly to other programs, and not causing conflicts or crashes. Contrast DirectX.

WFH - See Work-For-Hire.

white - 1. a color (usually occupying the first position (index 0) in a color palette) with an RGB value of (255,255,255). When performing a Fade to Black with the palette channel under Windows, Director will not fade white pixels to black. Use an off-white color instead.

windoid - a small window, which is usually moveable, See floating palette.

window - a portion of the screen in which something occurs. It may be a text window, a video window, or even a Director movie-in-a-window. A single application may have zero or more windows, floating palettes or windoids. See GUI.

Windows - an inclusive term covering Windows 3.1, Windows 3.11, Windows 95 and Windows NT. See DOS, Microsoft, GUI, Wintel.
Windows 3.1 - a popular 116-bit operating system from Microsoft, subject of a dismissed lawsuit brought by Apple. It had been largely displaced by Windows 95, but there is a substantial installed base of users who have not yet upgraded.

Windows 3.11 - a popular operating system from Microsoft, a variant of Windows 3.1 used primarily by business. Most businesses have upgraded to Windows 95 or Windows NT.

Windows 95 - a popular 32-bit operating system from Microsoft. Many developers are shifting away from Wnidows 3.1 and developing exclusively for Windows 95. According toMicrosoft Treasurer Greg Maffei in March 1997, only 28 percent of PCs worldwide had upgraded to Windows 95. (He didn't cite a domestic figure, nor specify whether upgrades had leveled off).

Windows NT - - a popular operating system from Microsoft, used primarily by businesses with networks and for servers. See BSOD.

Windows palette - a palette of 256 colors commonly used under Windows, with the first 20 and last 20 colors being reserved for the Windows interface. See EGA palette.

WIN.INI - an INI file (pronounced "Win-Eye-En-Eye" or "Win-Inny") used by Windows to store various system configuration information including file extension associations. It is largely replaced by the Registry File under Windows 95.

Winnie-the-Pooh - character created by A.A. Milne, illustrated by Ernst Shepard and reproduced in a series of animated shorts by Disney.

Winromedia - What Macromedia will be renamed after being bought out by Microsoft

Wintel - the dominant PC platform, using MS-Windows software and running on computers with Intel processors, IBM-compatible.

Word - (also Microsoft Word) a full function word processor which is part of the Microsoft Office suite of applications. See Excel, Access, NotePad, WordPad, Write.

WordPad - a simple word processor which comes with Windows. See NotePad, Write.

Work-for-Hire - a legal term entailing the complete assignment of the copyright is a copyrightable work. The worker assigns all rights to their work to the client for whom the work is performed. The client paying for the work-for-hire, NOT the worker is considered the author for the purposes of copyright. See IANAL, NOLO Press, WFH.

working directory - many applications assume that the documents and other files that they may require are located in the "working directory". zLaunch allows you to set the working directory for externally launched applications ensuring that all of their components can be found. zLaunch then resets the working directory upon return to Director. Refer to the TechNote, "Path and File Specifications".

workstation - a powerful computer often used in engineering and CAD applications.

World Wide Web - or WWW, often used (erroneously) synonymously with "The Internet", allows you to access information located on other computers connected to the Internet using a web browser. See http, URL.

WORM - Write Once Read Many, a disk that can only be written to once, but can be read many times, such as a CD. These types of disks are convenient for backups or archiving, but not for everyday use.

WOW - Windows On Windows. This term indicates that a Windows NT system is running a Windows 3.1 virtual machine in order to allow the user to run 16-bit applications, which are not ordinarily allowed under Windows NT.

Woz - See Steve Wozniak.

Wozniak, Steve "Woz" - co-founder of Apple with Steve Jobs. See IWM.

Write - (also Microsoft Write) a simple word processor which comes with Windows. See NotePad, WordPad, Word.

WWI - doubleya-doubleya-won, originally known as "The Great War". See WWII.

WWII - doubleya-doubleya-too. The unfortunate upgrade to WWI.

www (lowercase) - see WWW and World Wide Web. Most domain names can be reached by using a URL of http://www.domain_name.com. For example to reach a Zeus Productions' home page, use http://www.zeusprod.com. Other common extensions are .edu, .org, .gov and various country codes, such as ".uk"

WWW (uppercase) - see www and World Wide Web. Ironically "world wide web" is only three syllables, but "double-you, double-you, double-you" is nine syllables. "three double-yous" and "triple double-you" aren't much better, and "triple-you" isn't really accurate. "Sextuple-you" doesn't have that catchy ring to it. I prefer "triple-wuh" (only three syllables - on parity with "world wide wide"), over "six you" which is only two syllables which also lacks that catchy ring. So please start saying "triple-wuh", but everyone else will think you are crazy until more people join our quest.

WYSIWYG - What You See Is What You Get (pronounced "wizzy-wig"). Refers to a document that can be viewed or edited in a format that looks like the final version. A editor that requires you to use raw HTML tags to create a web page is not WYSIWYG, and therefore somewhat harder to work in, and harder to anticipate the results of. Most word processors are WYSIWYG, but in the past, some would show a different number of characters per line than would appear on the printed page. Many web browsers render HTML differently, and therefore web pages are approximately WYSIWYG, but not exactly. By using standard HTML features that are supported by all browsers, it is more likely that they will look nearly identical to most users.

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