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Definition of terms used

The following definitions are mainly taken from Termium, published by the Translation Bureau of the Government of Canada.

Active Server Page (ASP)

A programming environment that combines elements of HTML and scripting. Web pages built with ASP can change dynamically based on user input.


A small piece of information sent by a Web server to a Web browser to be read back from that browser.

Domain name

A single word or abbreviation that makes up part of a computer's unique name in a system of domain names used to identify individual Internet computers.


Cryptographic transformation intended to ensure that the data can be used only by a person who has the key to restore it to its original form.

IP address

The numerical address that uniquely identifies each computer on the Internet, made up of four numbers separated by three dots.

Persistent cookie

A cookie that is stored on a user’s hard drive until it expires (persistent cookies are set with expiration dates) or until the user deletes the cookie (definition from www.webopedia.com).

Session cookie

A cookie that expires as soon as you log out or a short time thereafter as set by the website.