Chapter 2: The Web and the Real World
There are billions of pages on the World Wide Web. They would just
be a big pile of pages if they weren't connected.
What connects them? In the real world, a page is next to another
page because the pages are held together by the cover of a book.
But on the Web, two pages are only "next" to each other
if they are linked. As you know, a link is some text or picture
on a Web page that you can click that takes you from that page to
another. Links turn the billions of separates pages of the Web into
These links are called "hyperlinks" to show that they're
not like links in the real world. In the real world, if I want to
link together two dogs by connecting their leashes, the two dogs
have to be very close to each other. It won't work if one dog is
in Cleveland and the other in Rome. On the Web, though, you can
link a page in Cleveland to one in Rome as easily as you can link
a page you've created with a page your next door neighbor created.
That's what puts the "hyper" into "hyperlink."