Technical Brief

Providing services to other computer programs in the same or other computers as a computer program, is a server. From other computers, servers have the purpose of handling requests for data. It is basically a system that responds to requests across a network. There can be many different computers connected to one server. As a host, it can be a proram that allows the different computers to be connected to the one network. It can also be one system that allows the many different computers access to the same data. A client-server architecture is what the server works within. This means that responding to requests from client systems is what it is responsible for.

There are different kinds of servers which depend on the different jobs and capabilities. Examples of different servers include being a database server, file server, mail server, print server, web server, gaming server, application server, etc. A database server would be used to keep database services on a particular server and to be accessible to other client systems. A file server is a server that provides client systems with access to the various files shared on a disk. A mail server is a server that allows client systems to send and receive mail through a host site. A web server uses HTML to feth information from a web server to clients. A gaming server allows people to play games with each other.


The first workstation is considered to be the IBM 1620 which was introduced in 1960. It was designed to work for a single person. It had a code name of CADET which was an anagram for "Can't Add, Doesn't Even Try." Because the company did not add any arithmetic circuitry to the system in order to make the device cheap.

Think of a computer. In other words, workstations are high end computers that can perform high-level, CPU and RAM intensive tasks such as graphic design, advance data modelling, video editing, CAD, 3-D design. These computers have high RAM, processors, graphic cards, interchangeable motherboards built in. Multi-tasking is a must for these computers. You may think that many computers these days are capable of these aspects so what is the difference between a workstation and a regular computer that we might have? They are just slightly different due to the high performance and advanced accessories, parts and hardware. Originally our computers would probably be nowhere near as capable as workstations but thanks to advancing and developing technology, our computers are able to perform much better.

Similarities and Differences

One of the few similarities is that since servers contain hardware as well as software, this allows host computers to use the same network and access the same data. Workstations can share information as well. For differences, servers are designed to help the host or client computer by access to a form of a server (web, file, print, software, application, etc.) whereas the purpose of a workstation is to perform rigorous, complex tasks. Servers are also dedicated to one thing based on the requirement of the users whereas a workstations is designed to multitask and do many things. Another difference is that a server does not always have access to a monitor but a workstation will always have one because a workstation is a computer. Servers are usually located in a proper place. It can be in a room, tower, etc. On the other hand, workstations can be moved from place to place. Although they can be a desktop computer, they are still movable. To sum it all up, a server and a workstation were created with a specific purpose in mind. A server was made to multifunction by being able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and maintaining connections as well as responding to requests at the same time. On the other hand, a workstation was designed to be able to do high and complex tasks as well as run multiple large applications.

Who Uses Them?

Servers are intended to be able to serve many different users. The purpose is to connect many clients across many different computers. On the other hand, workstations are primarily to be used by one person at a time.

Semantic Markup

Semantic markup is when you use tags to describe the type of content when coding. FOr example, sections, spanners, headers, bodies, footers, etc., you would use h1 for a header or ul fo unordered. This utilization of HTML markup is helpful in maintaining the semantics and data on sites by being able to clearly display and send information.

Section 508

The United States Workforce Rehabilitation Act of 1973 was added with Section 508, which stated that any federal electronic and data innovation created, should be accessible to disabled users. This was to prevent discrimination from people with disabilities in the workforce related to the United States government.

Search Engine Optimization

Search Engine Optimization is the process for how visible a website is through a search engine's results. It starts off by the search terms that are entered into the database and then goes to the common search terms. The more the term is searched, the more likely it shows up to a specific website. The sites are then placed by how many of the terms it encompasses and by how many other websites can be linked to this specific site.


Semantic markup, Section 508 accessibility and Search Engine Optimization can all be related through the fact that they are all intact in order to provide the betterment for usage of computers and the web. They were all created to improve and provide the best services as well as clear things up to make it easier for users.


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