W for Web

abbreviation / acronyms term definition
W3C World Wide Web Consortium An organization formed in 1994 to promote the Web's evolution as a platform for information, commerce and communication. The W3C, which has more than 500 member organizations, has developed XML and a variety of XML-related specifications.
WAA Wide Area Adapter An adapter connecting to a WAN.
WAAS Wide Area Augmentation System a collection of satellites and ground stations that send out GPS signal corrections to provide increased position accuracy.
WAB Windows Address Book Filename extension by Microsoft
WAC Wholesale Applications Community Wholesale Applications Community
WACK / WAK Wait acknowledgement This means the receiving station is not ready to receive the ACK.
WADS write-ahead data set A data set containing log records that reflect completed operations and are not yet written to an online log data set.
WAE Wireless Application Environment the top most level in the WAP suite, which combines both the WWW and Mobile Telephony technologies.
WAF Web application firewall Attacks against Web-based applications, as well as PCI requirements to address Web application security
WAI-ARIA Web Accessibility Initiative - Accessible Rich Internet Applications a draft technical specification published by the World Wide Web Consortium that specifies how to increase the accessibility of dynamic content and user interface components developed with Ajax, HTML, JavaScript and related technologies.
WAIS Wide Area Information Servers Developed in the early 1990s WAIS was the first truly large-scale system to allow the indexing of huge quantities of information on the Web, and to make those indices searchable across networks such as the Internet. WAIS was also pioneering in its use of ranked (scored) results where the software tries to determine how relevant each result it.
WAL wats access line A line class marked as a WATS line, provided from an equal access end office. The WATS access line provides the same service and features as a normal business line.
WALE wats access line extension A WAL provided to a customer served by an end office which has not been converted to equal access through an end office which has been converted. 
WAMP Windows, Apache, Mysql, PHP (or Perl or Phyton) Web applications platform
WAN Wide-area Network
Used to distinguish the broader telecommunication structure from a local area network (LAN). A wide area network may be composed entirely of private structures, but the term seems to also connote the inclusion of public networks and all kinds of transmission media.
WAP Wireless Application Protocol WAP is a set of specifications developed by the WAP Forum for efficient communication of data over wireless networks to small devices, such as personal digital assistants and cell phones.
WARIA Workflow And Reengineering International Association The charter of the WARIA is to identify and clarify issues that are common to users of workflow, electronic commerce and those who are in the process of reengineering their organizations. See also http://www.waria.com/
WAS Web Application Server Web Application Server
WATS Wide Area Telecommunications/Telephone Service Long distance service provided by various carriers that includes both intrastate and interstate service for outgoing and incoming (800) calls. WATS provides a bulk savings plan for companies with a high volume of toll calls, such as telemarketing.
WAVE Wide Area Virtualization
Cisco's engine perform WAN optimization focused on Layer 4 to Layer 7 (application layer) and host Windows Services through virtualization components at the branch
WBEM Web-Based Enterprise Management An initiative started by BMC software, Compaq, Cisco, Intel and Microsoft in 1996 and accepted by the Desktop Management Task Force (now known as the "Distributed Management Task Force") in 1998.
WBMP Wireless BitMaP a graphic format optimized for mobile computing devices. A WBMP image is identified using a TypeField value, which describes encoding information
WCF Windows Communication Foundation Set of .NET technologies for building and running connected systems

connet Web customer service

connet Websphere Commerce Server

connet WCS framework consists of Knowledge base for self-service, E-mail response management, web chat, Collaborative browsing and Multichannel interaction recording.

connet IBM Software platform framework for e-commerce, including marketing, sales, customer and order processing functionality in a tailorable, integrated package

WD Western Digital An industry leader in the disk drive and drive controller industry. http://www.westerndigital.com
WDDM Windows Display Driver Model The graphics driver model supported by Windows Vista that's required for display of the full Aero Glass effects.
WDDX Web Distributed Data Exchange an XML based technology that facilitates complex data exchange between Web programming languages (ColdFusion, Perl, ASP, Java, JavaScript, PHP, and others).
WDF Windows Driver Foundation Strategy for the next generation of Windows drivers. WDF defines a single driver model that supports the creation of object-oriented, event-driven drivers for either kernel mode or user mode

Wavelength Division Multiplexing

Optical transmission technique in which two or more wavelengths, are combined for transmission over a single optical fiber. At the receiving end, the wavelengths are separated and directed to separate receivers.

WDOG Watchdog protocol provides constant validation of active workstation connections and notifies the NetWare operating system when a connection may be terminated as a result of lengthy periods without communication
WDS Wireless Distribution System a technology that enables access points to communicate with one another in order to extend the range of a wireless network. WDS is appearing in 802.11g-based access points.
WDT watchdog timer a 16 bit counter that resets the processor when it rolls over to zero. The watchdog timer is a fail-safe mechanism that intervenes if a system stops functioning or in case of a code crash.
WebCam WEB CAMera kind of cheap TV camera which you can use for videoconferencing over the internet, or just showing off
WebDAV Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning A set of extensions to the HTTP protocol that allows multiple users to not only read but also to add, delete, and change documents residing on a web server.

In order to use WebDAV you need WebDAV client software to connect to a HTTP server that has the WebDAV extensions installed.
webinar (web seminar) a group of people viewing a seminar presented over the Web
WEEE Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment European Union directive (2002/96/EC) making manufacturers responsible for financing the recycling of end-of-life equipment.
WEP Wired Equivalent Privacy WEP: wireless feature used to encrypt and decrypt data signals transmitted between Wireless LAN (WLAN) devices. An optional 802.11 feature (see 802.11), WEP provides data confidentiality equivalent to that of a wired LAN that does not employ advanced cryptographic techniques to enhance privacy.
WES Websense Email Security Websense SEG product
WFM Wired For Management Baseline An Intel hardware specification for easier management of desktop PCs in a networked environment.
WfMC WorkFlow Management Coalition Non-profit, international organization of workflow vendors, users, analysts and university/research groups. See also http://www.wfmc.org/
WFO workforce optimization solution to improve operational efficiency and drive interaction effectiveness
WFQ weighted fair queuing Congestion management algorithm that identifies conversations (in the form of traffic streams), separates packets that belong to each conversation, and ensures that capacity is shared fairly between these individual conversations. WFQ is an automatic way of stabilizing network behavior during congestion and results in increased performance and reduced retransmission.
WGA Windows Genuine Advantage WGA is a program that investigates Windows -based computers to be sure that their copy of the Windows OS is legitimate. The system checks the OS version, the product key, the license key, the hard disk serial number and other information about the hardware and software in the computer.
WHISPER Windows Highly Intelligent SPEech Recognition Windows Highly Intelligent SPEech Recognition
WHQL Windows Hardware Quality Lab A Microsoft group that provides and manages testing programs to ensure that your hardware and drivers qualify for the Windows Logo Program (WLP).
WIA Windows Image Acquisition Standardized API for acquiring digital images from devices that are primarily used to capture still images and for managing these devices
WiBro Wireless Broadband a wireless broadband internet technology being developed by the Korean telecoms industry.
WIC Wan Interface Card Wan Interface Card of Cisco router
Wi-Fi Wireless Fidelity
It is pretty much a rip-off of the term "Hi-Fi," or High Fidelity, which refers to high-quality audio or surround sound. Wi-Fi refers to wireless network components that are based on one of the Wi-Fi Alliance's 802.11 standards.
wiki What I Know Is Typically used to describe a collaborative (or community) project allowing visitors to edit webpages and add content for the benefit of the group or community. Relevant Links: * http://en.wikipedia.org/ - Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Possibly the best known WIKI.
WiMax World Interoperability for Microwave Access also known as IEEE 802.16 — is an emerging global broadband wireless standard; a large number of companies back standardization and certification work through the WiMAX Forum.
WIMPS windows, icons, menus, pointers, scroll bars A style of graphical user interface originally developed by Xerox, popularized by the Apple Macintosh and adopted by Microsoft for Windows.
WINE Wine Is Not an Emulator Windows Emulator for Unix platforms
WinFS Windows Future Storage the code name for a data storage and management system based on relational databases, developed by Microsoft and first demonstrated in 2003
Winkey Windows key Akey marked with the Microsoft Windows logo and found on some PC keyboards. It provides a shortcut to some Windows menus
WINS Windows Internet Name Service A system that determines the IP address associated with a particular network computer. This is called name resolution.
Winsock Windows sockets files that allow Windows programs to connect to the Internet and other computers.
Wintel (slang) Windows and Intel The hardware and software combination of an Intel CPU running Microsoft Windows. Often used with the word "platform" in opposition to the UNIX or Macintosh platforms. Sometimes used in a derogatory sense to connote the monopoly powers that Intel and Microsoft yield.
WIPO World Intellectual Properties Organization an UN organization, based in Geneva, Switzerland, formed for the purpose of promoting the protection of intellectual property copyrights worldwide through treaty agreements between all participating countries. http://www.wipo.org/
WLAN wireless LAN A LAN communication technology in which radio, microwave or infrared links take the place of physical cables. Three physical media types of WLAN are available. The first two — direct-sequence spread spectrum (see DSSS) and frequency-hopping spread spectrum (see FHSS) — are based on radio technologies that are not interoperable.
WLL wireless local loop A wireless connection of a wireless phone or other device in a home or office to a fixed network. WLL systems are point-to-multipoint radio-based products used to provide fixed wireless access to networks and services.
WMI Windows Management Instrumentation Microsoft's implementation of Web-Based Enterprise Management (WBEM), which is an industry initiative to develop a standard technology for accessing management information in an enterprise environment
WML Website Meta Language Free and extensible Webdesigner's off-line HTML generation toolkit for Unix, distributed under the GNU General Public License. See also http://thewml.org/
WML Wireless Markup Language An XML-based markup language, designed for specifying the content and user interfaces of narrowband wireless devices, such as pagers and cellular phones.
WMOS Warehouse Management for Open Systems Manhattan Associates WMS offering, which includes Manhattan's other supply chain solutions, such as transportation, distributed order management, replenishment and planning.
WMP Windows Media Player Microsoft Windows Media Player is a famous digital media player and media library program,, now windows media player 11.
WMS warehouse management system WMS is a software application that supports the day-to-day operations in a warehouse. WMS programs enable centralized management of tasks such as tracking inventory levels and stock locations. WMS systems may be standalone applications or part of an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.
WOA Web-oriented architecture an architectural substyle of service-oriented architecture (SOA) and is based on the representational state transfer (REST) architectural principles off the World Wide Web
WOL Wake On LAN The ability of a network card to wake up a PC that is powered down or on standby (i.e. sleep or suspected), when a wake-up message is received across the LAN.
WORM write once, read many A storage medium on which information can be recorded once and read many times. Most optical storage technologies use WORM media, in contrast to magnetic media (such as tape), which can be re-recorded.
WOS Wireless Office Systems a technology that allows the user to transfer calls to a mobile telephone.
WOSA Windows Open Service Architecture An architecture and set of application programming interfaces that position Windows as a universal client. It standardizes the
interfaces that developers can use in accessing underlying network services.

World of Warcraft

World Organization of Webmasters

A very popular MMORPG where users can take on fantasy avatars and play together to attack different enemies in a very detailed and extensive virtual world.

sponsors several web-related certifications and provides widely accepted certification standards.

WOW! (formerly) WideOpenWest cable provider in the U.S. http://www.wowway.com/
WPA Wi-Fi Protected Access
WPA is a security protocol designed to create secure Wi-Fi networks. It is similar to the WEP protocol, but offers improvements in the way it handles security keys and the way users are authorized.
WPAD Web Proxy AutoDiscovery an Internet protocol that enables a Web browser to automatically connect to a cache server (or proxy server) location in a network in order to retrieve stored Web pages at a quicker rate than having to leave the network
WPAR Workload PARtition Feature introduced with the IBM AIX® Version 6.1 operating system. It allows running applications to move between System p machines or System p logical partitions (LPARs)
WPF Windows Presentation Foundation New window system that comes pre-installed on Microsoft Windows Vista
WPLO Warranty Parts/Labor/Onsite There are three components of HP Standard Warranty, specifically Parts, Labor and Onsite. There are variations depending on the model, e.g. some models include 1/1/1 (One year Parts, One year Labor, One year Onsite) or 3/3/0 (Three years Parts, Three years Labor and no onsite; pick up and return only).
wpm Words Per Minute Speech recognition processing power
WPN Worldwide Port Name A unique 16-character identifier assigned to each port on a Fibre Channel card. Used in LUN mapping.
WQUXGA Wide Quad Ultra eXtended Graphics Array a display standard referring to a video adapter capable of a resolution of up to 3840 by 2400 pixels.
WRC World Radiocommunication Conference An ITU conference held every two or three years, to review and amend the international radio regulations.
WRED Weighted Random Early Detection Combines IP precedence and Random Early Detection capabilities to provide differentiated performance characteristics for different classes of service
WRS Wind River Systems The company that developed the VxWorks real-time operating system. Since its acquisition of competitor Integrated Systems (developers of pSOS) in 2000, Wind River has been the dominant player in the RTOS marketplace. http://www.wrs.com
WRT Weighted Risk Trend A weighted risk score measured over time
WS-Secuirty Web Services Security OASIS Standard specifies how SOAP messages can have their integrity and confidentiality ensured.
WSC Windows Security Center A central interface in the Windows Vista system for user to manage security features and handle security problems. Windows Service Hardening - A new security feature in Windows Vista that protects services from being compromised by running them under more limited accounts.
WSD white space device FCC-certified wireless device that can be used without an exclusive broadcast license in the RF spectrum below 700 MHz
WSE Web Services Enhancements Add-on to Microsoft Visual Studio .NET and the Microsoft .NET Framework providing developers the latest advanced Web services capabilities to keep pace with the evolving Web services protocol specifications
WSJ Wall Street Journal WSJ is an American English-language international daily newspaper. It is published in New York City by Dow Jones & Company.http://www.wsj.com/
WSFC Windows Server Failover Clustering Windows Server Failover Clustering

connet Web Standards Project

connet Wireless Session Protocol

connet a collective project and effort of Web developers, tool developers, and end users whose goal is to stop the fragmentation of the web by persuading the browser makers that common standards are in everyone's best interest.

connet provides the upper-level application layer of WAP with a consistent interface

WSS Windows Sharepoint Services Windows 2003 integrated portfolio of collaboration and communication services designed to connect people, information, processes, and systems both within and beyond the organizational firewall
WTG Wily Transaction Generator CA APM's synthetic transaction generator used to simulate transactions
WTL Windows Template Library Library for developing Windows applications and UI components. It extends ATL (Active Template Library) and provides a set of classes for controls, dialogs, frame windows, GDI objects, and more
WTLS Wireless Transport Layer Security the security level for WAP applications. Based on TLS v1.0 (a security layer used in the Internet, equivalent to Secure Socket Layer 3.1), WTLS was developed to address the problematic issues surrounding mobile network devices
WTX Workstation Technology eXtended A size (max 16.75"x14" -- 425mm x 356mm, LxW) and form factor specification for motherboards. See also http://www.wtx.org
WUS Windows Update Services

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WVA Wide Viewing Angle The aspect ratios of each are 16:10 (widescreen).
WWAN wireless wide-area network wireless wide-area network
WWN World wide name A unique number assigned by a recognized naming authority that identifies a connection or a set of connections to the network.
WWNN worldwide node name A unique 64-bit identifier for a host containing a fibre-channel port.
WWPN worldwide port name A unique 64-bit identifier associated with a fibre-channel adapter port.

World Wide Web

A facility developed for the internet, but also used on virtual private networks, which enables network servers to be set-up and registered. These servers contain Hypertext which when clicked on by a user will point them to other network files containing further, related information.

WYSIWYG what you see is what you get pronounced wiz-ee-wig, user interface that presents a screen image that closely matches the appearance of the printed document - like Microsoft's FrontPage® web page editor and Adobe Dreamweaver.
WZC Wireless Zero Configuration also known as Wireless Auto Configuration, or WLAN AutoConfig is a wireless connection management utility included with Microsoft Windows XP and later operating systems
  warez General term used to describe cracks, patches, keys, key generators or other methods that allow software applications to be used without paying a license fee, i.e. illegal pirate software.
  Warm Boot Rebooting the system by using a software command rather than turning the power off, then on. The system is reset but power is never interrupted
  wavelength The distance between the crests of a wave in a radio signal, measured as the speed of light divided by the frequency in Hz.

Web 2.0

A set of technologies and applications that enable efficient interaction among people, content, and data in support of collectively fostering new businesses, technology offerings, and social structures.
  Web analytics The use of a range of quantitative analyses to understand Web site performance and visitor experience. These analyses include usage levels and patterns on an individual and aggregate level.
  webmaster the person who has principal responsibility for maintaining a site on the WORLD WIDE WEB and updating some or all of the WEB PAGEs
  WebOS a mobile operating system developed by Palm for its Pre range of smartphones. With Palm's acquisition by HP in 2010, WebOS is now being expanded to address other devices, notably tablets, but also printers.
  Webquest A webquest is an inquiry-based learning instructional strategy utilizing information on the internet to guide learners. For information on developing
webquests and sample webquests, see http://webquest.org/
  white book
This is the fourth major extension to the audio CD standard. White Book is a very medium-specific format.
  white label product or service is a product or service produced by one company (the producer) that other companies (the marketers) rebrand to make it appear as if they made it. Common in Telco wholesale.
  white list List of approved or trusted people or vendors or items etc.
  WHOIS This is an Internet service that finds information about a domain name or IP address. HTTP://WWW.WHOIS.NET
  widget An HTML-based program that runs in the Dashboard layer of the system.
  Wikipedia The world's largest online encyclopedia, which can be edited by anyone at all. www.wikipedia.org
  wikis A wiki is a simple collaborative system for creating and maintaining hyperlinked collections of Web pages. A wiki usually enables users to add or change pages "in context" without having to worry about where and how the content is physically stored.
  WildList The WildList has been used as a 'reference standard' by many antivirus testing organizations that require 100% detection of acknowledged 'in the wild' viruses for tested products to attain various, 'desirable' certification levels.
  wireless power (supply) facilitates the charging or direct powering of electrical and electronic equipment using inductive or radio frequency (RF) energy transfer.
  wolfpack The codename for Microsoft's clustering solution. Wolfpack was released in September, 1997 as part of Windows NT 4.0, enterprise Edition. Its official name is MSCS.

An online distribution platform for financial advisors.

  write lock The process of controlling a field so that the ability to change information held within it is maintained. In almost all computer languages, a type of table is used.
  Write-protected A write-protected file has been set so that it cannot be altered or deleted without first removing the write protection. Also called read-only.