This guide was made possible through a combined effort of Health Canada and the Chebucto Community Net in order to provide Internet Training to participants in the Community Action Program for Children (CAPC), Canada's Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP), and the Aboriginal Head Start Program (AHS) in Atlantic Canada. The objectives of this program are outlined in a Press Release from February 2, 1998.
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The Internet is a great constellation of computers scattered across the globe. They are connected to one another through information data lines. Data lines are similar to phone lines but have much greater capacity, so that the information data can flow very quickly.
This connection of computers creates an enormous global network. Anyone with access to this network can retrieve information on it.
The Internet can also be used as a wonderful communication tool letting those with access keep in touch with one another, no matter how far apart they are!
Which method you chose will determine what you see on your computer screen. With a graphical interface you will be able to see graphics, hear sound and view films or animations (depending on the capabilities of your computer). You will also be able to use pointing devices like a mouse or trackball.
Using a text interface you will not be able to see all of these things. However, the important thing to bear in mind is that in both cases you are accessing the same information. Only the way in which you view it is different.