Getting the Most Out of Your Browser
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 How to Get From Here to There
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What Is Email?

At its origin in the 1960s, the Internet was primarily used as a pipeline to share research. For most of us, it was foreign, and just too difficult to use. In the '80s, email became the Internet's first "killer app" -- an application with wide appeal to users. In the mid-'90s the World Wide Web, the Internet's second killer app, came on the scene. A central reason the Web is so popular is the fact that the browser is so easy to use. The Web browser provided scores of new users -- including consumers and K-12 educators -- with access to a whole new world of information.
But just what is a browser and how does it work? In order to increase you and your students' productivity when using the Web, let's examine the browser.

The browser, which must be used with other connectivity software (See What You Need to Get Connected), is the essential application for viewing the Web. Most commonly, it is used to read Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) pages. HTML pages are text files that contain written words as well as code -- or "tags"-- that define the appearance of those pages. At their simplest, HTML pages include text and images. But Web browser tools that offer access to a variety of applications and multimedia resources are constantly evolving. Through the browser window, users are offered access to email, newsgroups, video, audio, interactive simulations and games, and more. We'll cover some of these aspects later, but let's start with the basics.
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