The Sedona Conference® Glossary, 3rd Edition, Copyright © 2010, Reprinted with permission.
WAV: File extension name for Windows sound files. One minute of .WAV audio can use as much as 5
Megabytes of storage space.
Webmail: See Email (Electronic Mail).
Web Site: A collection of Uniform Resource Indicators (URIs), including Uniform Resource Locators (URLs), in the control of one administrative entity. May include different types of URIs (e.g., FTP, telnet, or Internet sites). See URI and URL.
WiFi (Wireless Fidelity): Wireless networking technology using a quickly evolving range of networking standards.
Wiki: A collaborative Web site that allows visitors to add, remove, and edit content.
Wildcard Operator: A character used in text-based searching that assumes the value of any alphanumeric character or characters. Used to expand search terms and enable the retrieval of a wider range of hits.
Windows-1252: Also called ANSI, Western European, and CP1252 (Microsoft® code page 1252). A character encoding of the Latin alphabet used for most Western European languages. Windows-1252 is a superset of the ASCII and ISO 8859-1 standard character encodings. The characters that are included in Windows-1252 but that are not included in ISO 8859-1 are often the source of character interpretation and display problems in text on the Web and in electronic mail. Similar problems sometimes occur when text in the Windows-1252 encoding is converted to the UTF-8 encoding form of Unicode because UTF-8 is not wholly backward compatible with Windows-1252. The name ANSI is a misnomer resulting from historical happenstance, but it is not incorrect to use it in contexts where its meaning is readily understood. See ASCII and ISO 8859-1.
Wireless Router: A hardware device that opens access to an Internet connection or network to a secured or unsecured connection via a receiver on a computer or other piece of hardware such as a printer permitting wireless transmission. See WiFi.
Workflow: The automation of a business process, in whole or part, during which ESI or tasks are passed from one participant to another for action according to a set of procedural rules.
Workflow, Ad Hoc: A simple manual process by which documents can be moved around a multi-user review system on an “as-needed” basis.
Workflow, Rule-Based: A programmed series of automated steps that route documents to various users on a multi-user review system.
Workgroup: A group of computer users connected to share individual talents and resources as well as computer hardware and software – often to accomplish a team goal.
Worm: A self-replicating computer program, sending copies of itself, possibly without any user intervention. See Malware.
WORM Disks (Write Once Read Many Disks): A popular archival storage media during the 1980s. Acknowledged as the first optical disks, they are primarily used to store archives of data that cannot be altered. WORM disks are created by standalone PCs and cannot be used on the network, unlike CD-ROM disks.
WWW (World Wide Web): A massive collection of hypertext documents accessed via the Internet using a browser. The documents, also known as Web Pages, can contain formatted text, audio and video files, and programs.
WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get): Display and software technology that shows on the computer screen exactly what will print.