All good questions, Val. I'd pick: all of the above. :-)
Really, though, many of the terminologies overlap. When you say
that something is on the Web, it's on the Internet. The Web is part
of the Internet. Most people tend to associate the Web with browser
pages. It gets a bit complicated, however, as browsers can now
access other than just HTML. PHP runs in a web page (accessible in
the browser) and you can even use plugins in browsers to access
other parts of the internet, like IRC. You can directly access FTP
pages now through the browser. That tends to muddy just what is the
"Online" is usually used when there's a corresponding offline. For
instance, an online file is accessible over the internet, but an
offline file would be on your computer that only you can access.
Now to answer your questions specifically:
A document "on the web" is not the same as "reading a document
online." Documents come in all formats and sizes and some need to
be downloaded and opened with special software. When you read
something online that usually means there is control of the document
online so that you don't download it to read it. You stream it from
the server as you read. It may even not end up on your computer but
goes poof after you read it. E-readers come to mind.
An online course is the same as a course on the web or a course on
the internet. They're interchangeable because you have to access
the internet for all three and almost all courses are accessed
through a browser. While it's possible to have a course through
IRC or other chat protocol (skype?), it's usually not referred to as
an online course.
As to a document in SignPuddle Online, that's a document that's
being accessed through a Web app (PHP) using the browser and so
would be more limited than just any ol' file on the Internet. I'd
tend to technically say that's a "web document" but who says that?
Nobody. Everyone would refer to it as an online document. Only the
really geeky would point out that an FTP file - or any other file
that can be accessed through the internet - is also an online
document and therefore "online document" - while inclusive of a web
document - is not exclusively limited to it. Got it? ;-)
It may help to keep in mind that all files reside on a computer
somewhere. The question then, becomes "is it accessible through the
internet?". If it is, it's online. If it's not, it's offline.
On 08/12/2013 03:03 PM, Valerie Sutton
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August 12, 2013
Question for everyone…
I am trying to update my terminology…
What is the difference between these three terms?
For example, when a document is "on the web", is that the
same as "reading a document online"?
Is an Online Course the same as a Course on the Web, or a
Course on the Internet?
I looked some of this up on Google, and some of the answers I
got are pasted below, but I am still not sure…
When I want to direct someone to read a document in
SignPuddle Online….is that a document on the web? a document
online? or a document on the internet?
and when people offer courses online, are they really on the
web? or are they in something else other than HTML? what happens
if it is PHP? is that on the web?
Anyone have a quick explanation understood by all? ;-)
Answer: The Internet and the World Wide Web have a
. The Internet is the large
container, and the Web is a part within the container. It is
common in daily conversation to abbreviate them as the "Net" and
the "Web", and then swap the words interchangeably. But to be
technically precise, the Net is the restaurant, and the Web is
the most popular dish on the menu.
Here is the detailed explanation:
1: The Internet is a Big Collection of Computers and Cables.
The Internet is named for "interconnection of computer
networks". It is a massive hardware combination of millions of
personal, business, and governmental computers, all connected
like roads and highways. The Internet started in the 1960's
under the original name "ARPAnet". ARPAnet was originally an
experiment in how the US military could maintain communications
in case of a possible nuclear strike. With time, ARPAnet became
a civilian experiment, connecting university mainframe computers
for academic purposes. As personal computers became more
mainstream in the 1980's and 1990's, the Internet grew
exponentially as more users plugged their computers into the
massive network. Today, the Internet has grown into a public
spiderweb of millions of personal, government, and commercial
computers, all connected by cables and by wireless signals.
No single person owns the Internet. No single government has
authority over its operations. Some technical rules and
hardware/software standards enforce how people plug into the
Internet, but for the most part, the Internet is a free and open
broadcast medium of hardware networking.
is a conceptual diagram of the Internet and how it contains
many forms of online communications
2: The Web Is a Big Collection of HTML Pages on the Internet.
The World Wide Web, or "Web" for short, is a massive collection
of digital pages: that large software subset of the Internet
dedicated to broadcasting content in the form of HTML pages. The
Web is viewed by using free software called web browsers. Born
in 1989, the Web is based on hypertext
, the language which allows you and me to
"jump" (hyperlink) to any other public web page. There are over
65 billion public web pages on the Web today.