World Wide Wait

World Wide Wait

Fui Hoon Nah (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA) and Kihyun Kim (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-878289-72-8.ch007
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Abstract

The explosive popularity of the World Wide Web (WWW) is the biggest event in the Internet era. Since its public introduction in 1991, WWW has become an important channel for electronic commerce, information access, and publication. With exponential growth in the WWW market, Internet connection speed has become a critical issue. The long waiting time for accessing web pages has always been a major problem for WWW users (Lightner, Bose and Salvendy, 1996), especially with the increasing use of multimedia technology and the doubling of Internet users every 18-24 months. A recent survey conducted by the GVU (Graphic, Visualization, & Usability) Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology also indicates long downloading time to be the biggest problem experienced by WWW users (GVU, October 1998). This problem is so noticeable that WWW users sometimes equate the “WWW” acronym with “World Wide Wait”! Although information technology for supporting the infrastructure of WWW is continually being updated and improved, it is still not able to satisfy industry requirements and demand. In this chapter, we review the usage pattern of WWW as well as topics related to speed of Internet access such as bandwidth, Internet connection alternatives, and technology to speed up WWW access. In addition, we report an experimental research that measured and analyzed users’ “tolerable” waiting time in accessing the WWW. Based on the results of the study, we provide guidelines for web designers regarding page size restrictions in web development.

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Chapter 1
Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, Nancy Herman
During the past two decades, advances in computer technologies combined with telecommunication technologies have lead to the development of the... Sample PDF
Web-Enabled Technologies Assessment and Management: Critical Issues
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Chapter 2
Nancy L. Russo
The use of the Internet, and the World Wide Web in particular, has grown at a phenomenal rate. The Internet, the world’s largest computer network... Sample PDF
Developing Applications for the Web: Exploring Differences between Traditional and World Wide Web Application Development
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Chapter 3
Ming-te Lu, W. L. Yeung
An ever-increasing number of businesses have established Web sites to engage in commercial activities today, forming the so-called Web-based... Sample PDF
Planning for Effectiveness Web-Based Commerce Application Development
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Chapter 4
Mathew J. Klempa
This chapter presents a perspective on web technologies acquisition, utilization, organization change and transformation grounded in Gidden’s theory... Sample PDF
Managing Web Technologies Acquisition, Utilization and Organization Change: Understanding Sociocognitive Processual Dynamics
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Chapter 5
Arno Scharl
Web-enabled standard software for electronic commerce incorporating adaptive components will reduce the barriers between productive data processing... Sample PDF
The Five Stages of Customizing Web-Based Mass Information Systems
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Chapter 6
Dirk Vriens, Paul Hendriks
It is often claimed that the Internet and associated technologies have paved the way for new types of businesses, new types of consumer behavior... Sample PDF
Viability through Web-Enabled Technologies
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Chapter 7
World Wide Wait  (pages 146-161)
Fui Hoon Nah, Kihyun Kim
The explosive popularity of the World Wide Web (WWW) is the biggest event in the Internet era. Since its public introduction in 1991, WWW has become... Sample PDF
World Wide Wait
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Chapter 8
Paul Darbyshire, Andrew Wenn
The WWW is a resource of enormous potential for education. The use of this resource for presentation of learning materials is well documented... Sample PDF
A Matter of Necessity: Implementing Web-Based Subject Administration
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Chapter 9
Tammy Whalen, David Wright
The Web has had a major impact on how corporate training departments manage employee training. The evolution of computers and networks allows... Sample PDF
Web-Based Competency and Training Management Systems for Distance Learning
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Chapter 10
Sherif Kamel
The information and communication technologies have had remarkable impacts worldwide on the emergence of a number of trends and applications... Sample PDF
Electronic Commerce in Egypt
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Mahesh S. Raisinghani, David Baker
Studies have shown that people remember 20 percent of what they see, 40 percent of what they see and hear, and 70 percent of what they see, hear... Sample PDF
Managing the Business of Web-Enabled Education and Training: A Framework and Case Studies for Replacing Blackboards with Browsers for Distance Learning
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