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tangled web

A convoluted situation usually caused by some form of deception. The investigation revealed a tangled web of fraud among the members of the political party.
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a tangled web

A tangled web is a situation that is very confused and difficult to understand. This is only one of a series of troubling questions that are emerging from the tangled web of evidence connected to the case. It is sometimes difficult to cut through the tangled web of government information in order to work out the benefits you can claim.
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a tangled web

a complex, difficult, and confusing situation or thing.
This phrase comes from Sir Walter Scott 's epic poem Marmion ( 1808 ); ‘O what a tangled web we weave, When first we practise to deceive!’
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The fact is that Web sites produce official representations to the public.
The use of Web-based e-business applications on Web platforms is almost ubiquitous in the private sector.
Communications tools: On a stand-alone Web site, the content and design of the site provide one-way communication from teacher to learner (this may include multimedia options).
Asynchronous (delayed time) communication: Forms and email links within Web pages provide learner to teacher(s) communications; direct interpersonal email between learner(s) and teacher(s); discussion lists and newsgroups for learner(s) to learner(s) as well as teacher(s) to learner(s) communications; Web boards/Web forums for learner(s) to learner(s) as well as teacher(s) to learner(s) communications.
Other design issues have focused on the technicalities of programming Web pages to produce different kinds of appearances and functionalities for Web pages (Mattocks, 1998).
What remains somewhat unexplored is the way in which students use and evaluate the quality of Web pages.
Abrasive content, such as titanium fillers, silicates, oxides, and many other web additives, will erode the extreme tips of upper and lower blade edges.
Applets and Plug-ins are capable of delivering rich Web applications, but at high cost to the enterprise and the end-user.
There was a certain amount of difficulty in doing this, due to the different formatting of HTML documents created in Netscape Composer versus the Foxpro web developer software.
For a small monthly fee, America Online (AOL) provides users with software to create web pages, up to 10 megabytes of server space (plenty), and five e-mail addresses.
With the ability to follow hyperlinks in any direction, and with easy access to search engines that automatically sniff out desired subject matter, the editor has been dethroned and the user crowned king of the Web, going wherever is desired, changing subjects and Web pages at will.
While such raw numbers are impressive, what's more important is that the cost of establishing and maintaining a Web presence is not necessarily related to the size of the potential audience.