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Of all the various protocols and software applications used over the Internet, those that constitute the World Wide Web (web) are perhaps the most familiar to most computer users. Originally, the web was conceived of as a way for scientists to quickly navigate between documents that referenced one another. But as is the case with many technologies, people have since found a wide variety of other uses for it. Since its earliest days, the web has been capable of supporting multiple modes of communication, first providing its users with access to images and later to music and video. Today, the web is more than simply a multimedia document system. Advances in server technologies, browser software, and the physical infrastructure of the Internet have now made ...

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