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A web page is

a computer data file that can include names, words, messages, pictures, sounds, and links to other information. Every web page has its own web site, which is its address, similar to a telephone number or street address. [1]
a location, with respect to the world wide web, that has a single uniform resource locator or other single location with respect to the internet.[2]

Contents of web page[]

Web pages may contain "graphics and text that contain ‘links’ to other pages -- either within the same set of data files (‘Web site’) or within data files located on other computer networks.” [3] In addition, much of the page may not “reside” anywhere, but be generated “on the fly” under the control of computer programs (written in programming languages such as “Java”).

A Web page is accessed by typing a Uniform Resource Locator (URL) into a Web browser.

Viewing the source code of a web page[]

The HTML source of a Web page is text that defines the content and format of a page. In addition to the graphical representation provided to the viewer, the page may contain additional information related to its author, programming code, metadata, and other identifying information that may not be displayed in Web page view.

Most common Web browsers allow users to view the source of a Web page. To view the HTML source using Internet Explorer, select “view” on the toolbar, then select “source” on the drop-down menu.

Techniques are available that can obscure the HTML source while still allowing nor­mal viewing of the Web page in a browser.

Capturing web page data[]

Capturing the information from a single Web page or the entire contents of a website may be accomplished using screen captures, the “save ascommand, and website capture tools.


  1. Panavision Int'l, L.P. v. Toeppen, 141 F.3d 1316, 1318 (9th Cir. 1998) (full-text).
  2. Wash. Rev. Code 19.190.010(13).
  3. Lockheed Martin Corp. v. Network Solutions, Inc., 985 F. Supp. 949, 951 (C.D. Cal. 1997) (full-text).