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TCP/IP For Dummies, 6th Edition by Candace Leiden, Marshall Wilensky

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Chapter 11

Digesting Web Clients and Servers

In This Chapter

Protocols and Web standards in this chapter: HTTP, HTTPS, HTTP over TLS, TLS, SSL

Understanding the languages of the Web

Going behind the scenes to see how a Web browser works

Subscribing to RSS feeds

Amping up your browser’s performance

Configuring proxy servers and clients

Keeping Web browsing secure

Setting up a Web server with Apache

Using digital certificates

A common misconception among newcomers is that the Web and the Internet are two different things. The World Wide Web (or Web or WWW or W3) is the worldwide hypermedia information service on the Internet. Its definition may sound complex, but it’s simply saying that the Web is the graphical interface to the Internet, compliments of the protocols HTTP and HTTPS. This chapter is about both Web standards for Web languages and services as well as TCP/IP standards for protocols and services that underlie the Web.

On the client side, this chapter focuses on how Web browsing works. On the server side, this chapter describes how a Web server works with the client and tells you which steps to follow to set up a Web server.

Like most of the applications and services we talk about in this book, Internet information services are client/server environments. You use a client application, usually a browser, to connect to a Web server.

Standardizing Web Services

Although the Web is part of the Internet and follows TCP/IP standards, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) sets ...

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