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WORM
acronym for write once, read many; a form of optical disk onto which data can be stored (written) only once but can be accessed as often as desired.

Web site
group of pages for one overall purpose or organization.

What-if analysis
capability of changing data in one location to see its effect on related data.

Wide area network (WAN)
computers linked into a network in a large geographic area and primarily used for sharing data.

Word processing software
software designed for use primarily in creating documents containing paragraph data, such as letters and reports.

Word size
the number of binary digits that can be processed at one time.

Work flow software
software with special capabilities related to automating the flow of many types of work processes.

Workstation
high-end (highest capability) microcomputer, sometimes considered as a separate category of computer.

World Wide Web (WWW, or "Web")
software that simulates a web by using hypertext, which involves links to data that can be stored at many other locations worldwide; it also uses hypermedia, such as sound, images, and/or animation.

Writing
storing new data or instructions; a destructive process.