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W3C   -   The World Wide Web Consortium, (W3C) is an international standards organization (ISO) where member organizations develop open standards to ensure the long-term growth of the Web.   See DOM, ISO, HTML, RDF, SDO, UDDI, WebApps, WSDL, WWW, XML

WAN   -   Wide Area Network, typically by connecting separate LANs together for a single enterprise WAN, such as a group of clinics with a single computer network across multiple sites.   See LAN

WAP   -   Wireless Application Protocol.

WBS   -   Work Breakdown Structure.   See SOW

WebApps   -   Short for the W3C Web Applications Working Group. The mission of WebApps is to provide specifications that enable improved client-side application development on the Web, including specifications both for APIs for client-side development and for markup vocabularies to describe and control client-side application behavior.   See API, DOM, W3C

Web Crawler   -   An Internet bot that systematically browses the World Wide Web, typically for the purpose of indexing web pages or URLs. Used by search engines.   See Bot, Internet, Spider, WWW

WEP   -   Wired Equivalent Privacy.

WHIN   -   Western Health Information Network, the final phase of the Long Beach Network for Health (LBNH). Closed in 2011.   See LBNH, Trial Implementation

WHO   -   The World Health Organization is an agency of the United Nations (UN) that coordinates global public health efforts. The WHO headquarters is in Geneva, Switzerland.   See Biosurveillance, CDC, CDPH, ICD, Syndrome

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Wi-Fi   -   The common name for wireless LAN signals, "Wi-Fi" is a trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance and the brand name for products using the IEEE 802.11 family of standards.   See Access Point, IEEE, LAN, wLAN

Wiki   -   [1] Hawaiian word for "fast" or "quick"; [2] A type of collaborative software that typically allows web pages to be created and collaboratively edited using a common web browser; [3] A website that uses wiki software, allowing easy creation and editing of content.

WiMAX   -   Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access, a broadband wireless access technology based on the IEEE 802.16 standard. WiMAX is a wireless competitor for the "last mile" to cable TV and DSL circuits.

wLAN   -   Wireless Local Area Network.

Workflow   -   An informal term for a business process. Workflow is the preferred term in computer programming when describing human-to-machine interaction.   See Business Process, Swimlanes

WorldVistA   -   WorldVistA was incorporated in 2002 as a California non-profit corporation. It is a VistA user group that seeks to extend and collaboratively improve the VistA electronic health record system for use outside of its original setting.   See CPRS, OpenVistA, VistA

World Wide Web   -   See WWW

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Worm   -   A computer worm is a standalone malware computer program that replicates itself in order to spread to other computers.   See Computer Program, Malware

WSDL   -   Web Services Description Language.   See SOA, SOAP, UDDI, W3C

WWW   -   The World Wide Web (WWW) is a system of interlinked hypertext documents on the Internet.   See Hypertext, Internet, W3C, Web Crawler

WYSIWYG   -   ("wiz-ee-wig")   Acronym for "What You See Is What You Get" indicating that the graphical display of content on screen is nearly identical to the printed output.   See PARC





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