Glossary
  • cookie - a small file stored on a user's computer that contains information about a given website and/or custom user information for that website

  • compression - compacting the data in a file to decrease the file's size (allows for faster rate of transfer)

  • DPI - "dots per inch" (used when referring to the resolution of a screen or printer)

  • encryption - a mathematical method of translating data into a secret/scrambled code (allows information to be sent and read only by a specific person/computer)

  • FAQ - "Frequently Asked Questions" (a list of answers to common or 'frequently asked' questions)

  • hyperlink - element in an electronic document that links to another place in the same document or to an entirely different document, image, or file

  • HTML - "hypertext markup language" (the authoring language used to create documents on the World Wide Web)

  • HTTP - "hypertext transfer protocol" (the underlying protocol used by the World Wide Web; defines how messages are formatted and transmitted over the internet)

  • image resolution - refers to the sharpness and clarity of an image; measured in dots per inch (DPI)

  • image size - physical dimensions of an image

  • lightbox - an online area for compiling images to be viewed or e-mailed later

  • log in - to enter a username & password for gaining access to a computer resource (in this case to access all the features of the SuperStock web site)

  • modem - device used to connect to the internet via normal telephone lines

  • navigate - moving from page to page within a web site using hyperlinks

  • password - a secret code used in combination with a username to gain access to a computer, server, web site, etc..

  • pixel - abbreviation for "picture element"; smallest single point in an image

  • PPI - "pixels per inch" (used to scan depth of an image or an image scanner)

  • printer resolution - refers to the detail at which a printer will reproduce an image; measured in dots per inch (DPI)

  • registration - process of identifying yourself to a web site or organization

  • resolution - number of dots per inch (DPI) or pixels per inch (PPI) for a specific image, image scanner, or image reproduction device (printer)

  • rights-managed image - a unique stock image that is licensed for a specific purpose and time period

  • RGB - "red, green, blue" (a color model or profile used when storing an image digitally)

  • scanner - a device that can read text or illustrations printed on paper and translate the information into a form the computer can use

  • thumbnail - a smaller version of an image file; used like a digital slide

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