Surf's Up: IN THE SLOW LANE: 2 THE WORLD WIDE WEB
David Westley ; Kirsten Foster, The Independent (London, England)
Present interest in the Net can be attributed to one glorious innovation, the World Wide Web - a network of documents stored on thousands and thousands of computers, scattered all the way around the globe.
These documents aren't what you'd normally expect to find on a computer. They're not dull monochrome, but full of colour, crammed with exciting imagery. They can even include sound or movie footage that you can download with the click of a mouse button. You know that television ad where a house becomes a city with the introduction of a PC to the family home? Well, the Web really does mark that kind of revolution - information on everything from the arts to banking suddenly becomes accessible in dazzling, unimaginable quantity and variety. Who needs a newspaper!
The key to the Web's success lies in something called "hypertext". As you read Web pages you'll find certain words are highlighted. Click on one of these and you'll be transported to another place on that site, or to another site altogether. For instance, you may be reading a general piece about wine, and just by clicking on "Chardonnay" you could be transported to Sainsbury's Wine Direct (http://www. …