This can be useful when the computer is offline and connection to the Internet is impossible or undesirable.
The pages are either downloaded implicitly into the web browser's own cache as a result of prior online browsing by the user, or explicitly by a browser configured to keep local copies of certain web pages, which are updated when the browser is in the online state, either by checking that the local copies are up-to-date at regular intervals or by checking that the local copies are up-to-date whenever the browser is switched to the on-line state.
 Offline mailing One example of a common use of these concepts is a Mail User Agent that can be instructed to be in either online or offline states. When online it will attempt to connect to mail servers (to check for new mail at regular intervals, for example), and when off-line it will not attempt to make any such connection.
The online or offline state of the MUA does not necessarily reflect the connection status between the computer on which it is running and the Internet.
He also argues that even the telephone can be regarded as an online experience in some circumstances, and that the blurring of the distinctions between the uses of various technologies (such as PDA and mobile phone, television and Internet, and telephone and Voice over Internet Protocol) has made it "impossible to use the term on-line meaningfully in the sense that was employed by the first generation of Internet research". Slater asserts that there are legal and regulatory pressures to reduce the distinction between online and offline, with a "general tendency to assimilate online to offline and erase the distinction," stressing, however, that this does not mean that online relationships are being reduced to pre-existing offline relationships.
He conjectures that greater legal status may be assigned to online relationships (pointing out that contractual relationships, such as business transactions, online are already seen as just as "real" as their offline counterparts), although he states it to be hard to imagine courts awarding palimony to people who have had a purely online sexual relationship.
For the Brad Paisley song of the same name, see Online (song).Another usage runs contrary to the expected meaning: 'offline' as "from an online source", e.g."I bought my textbook from Amazon" = "I got it offline". Contents [hide]1 Standard definitions 1.1 Offline mailing 1.2 Offline media playing 1.3 Offline browsing 1.4 Others 2 Generalizations 3 References 4 See also  Standard definitions In computer technology and telecommunication, online and offline are defined by Federal Standard 1037C.Just enter your email and we will send your password to the email on file. August 2007We did make a few updates on the site so it should run smoother. Don't load our online user code on a page that use refresh code. March 2006We did just launch our new support ticket system. Virtual keyboard is now available for Retail and Corporate Internet Banking customers and assures a safe online banking experience.We are forced to disable your counter if you use this trick. Transfer funds to any Bank from your SBI Account using RTGS/NEFT Facility. TNew User Registration Trouble Accessing Login page?