An Internet Browser is the program that you use to view web pages, such as Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator. The Internet is largely a collection of such pages distributed throughout the world. The Internet allows you to view the information that companies and individuals chose to make available on their web pages. The Internet Browser is an important facet to the Internet, because it is the program that you use to view the information that others provide for you. An email client is different because it downloads electronic messages sent to you and displays them, allowing you to send your own e-mails as well.

The Internet transfers different information in a variety of formats or protocols. Web browsers allow you to view information that has been sent via the Hyper-Text Transfer Protocol (or HTTP). Thus all web pages are transfered using this standard, and therefore you have the http:// before every url. The acronym URL stands for Uniform Resourse Locator, which is the name associated with each web page, for example the Blaze URL is So the Internet Browsers get the information from the URL via HTTP. In the address field that most Browsers have you can type in the URL in order to access this information.

Browsers not only receive information by a certain protocol, they display the coded information with specific rules, HTML. HTML stands for Hyper-Text Markup Language. HTML is a language that Browsers are able to interpret and display.