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September 14, 1994

an irregular gathering of web stuff by...
/ Alan Levine / Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction /


What's in a name?

When referring to the subject, it is more proper to refer to the "World Wide Web" rather than "Mosaic"; while NCSA Mosaic is certainly one of the best known applications to view all of the data on the Internet, it is by no means the only player. EINet has already released MacWeb (for Macintosh) and WinWeb (for Windows), and other browsers such as Cello (Windows) and lynx (text only; i.e. for VAX) are just different applications for hopping on the Web.

The MCLI Server-- We are Popular!

Our WWW server, a Mac SE/30 running MacHTTP 1.2.3, has been overwhelmed since we last posted an announcement to the NCSA What's New Page. Here are the stats, by month, since we started last December:
12/93	   83
01/94	 1111		NCSA What's New Page 1-15-94
02/94	 1381
03/94	 1228
04/94	  883
05/94	 1330
06/94	 2069
07/94	 2174
08/94	 24405		NCSA What's New Page 8-15-94

TOTAL HITS: 34846
Our visitors hail from:
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, FInland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Korea, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Soviet Union, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela
Because of this heavy load, next month we will be moving the server to a 486 host running UNIX (with the aid of the friendly folks in ITS). Beyond providing zippier accessexplore the uses of the more advance features such as searches, clickable image maps, and forms support, we also hope to move our Gopher server to this host.

Current versions of WWW browsers on MCLI Information servers

see also: MCLI Information servers

Into the Internet/1-Internet with the Mac/World Wide Web

Into the Internet/1-Internet with the IBM/World Wide Web

  • wmos20a1.zip NCSA Mosaic for Windows, alpha version 2.
  • wmosA6r1.zip NCSA Mosaic for Windows, alpha version 6. Requires Windows win32 for 32-bit operation in non- NT systems. (Available in Things for the IBM/Software for Windows/ system/win32s.zip) To use Mosaic without connection to the ethernet, i.e. to create local WWW files, get a copy of the "null winsock" (Available in Things for the IBM/Software for Windows/ system/nullsock.zip
  • mosdocA5.zip Documentation for WinMosaic. Open from within the Mosaic program. This is the same as what is available from the NCSA WWW server.
  • winweb.zip EINet's WWW browser

    ** We are having some problems with our Gopher server, it is corrupting the DOS binary files. A fix has been promised by the Univ of Minn folks. We could send files by floppy by "campusMailNet."

    By the way, I've had good luck ftp-ing to the NCSA server for Mosaic:
    ftp://ftp.ncsa.uiuc.edu/

    MacWeb and WinWeb can by found by anonymous ftp:
    ftp://ftp.einet.net/

    HTML Editors

    There is a plethora of applications to help you create WWW documents. In our workshops we have stressed first an understanding of the HyperText MarkUp Language (HTML) and using just a plain text editor (TeachText for Mac, the Windows NotePad) to create WWW documents. Some prefer to use a more robust word processor (MS Word, etc) to take advanntage of features like a spell checker (I am notorious for my typos!). In fact, when I prepare the WWW versions of our publications, I first use MS Word's features for Search and Replace to insert some of the HTML code (i.e. replacing all occurrences of a double carriage return "CR CR" with the string "CR <p> CR"). The important thing is to remember to save as "Text Only".

    Others out there have created some applications to help in the process. Most of these allow one to import or create the text, then use the mouse to select a portion of text, and use buttons or pull-down menus to apply the various HTML codes to the selection. Not many are truly WYSIWYG; you create the files, then open them from within your favorite WWW application. Some of the ones I have tried are:

    Into the Internet/1-Internet with the Mac/World Wide Web

    see also: MCLI Information servers

    Into the Internet/1-Internet with the IBM/World Wide Web

    New Mosaic Listserv

    MOSAIC-L is a new bitnet listserv devoted to users of the World Wide Web. So far, well over 1000 people have joined in a short time period. From some browsing of the list, it is rather mixed between technical details (i.e configuring server or client hardware) to announcements of new sites.

    MOSAIC-L on LISTSERV@UICVM.BITNET
                LISTSERV@UICVM.UIC.EDU
    
       MOSAIC-L offers a forum to communicate with those who use and develop
       NCSA Mosaic applications (Mosaic is World Wide Web client software).
       The list is intended for Mosaic users and developers.
    
       To subscribe send a message to either:
          listserv@uicvm.bitnet or
          listserv@uicvm.uic.edu
    
       In the first line of the message (not in the subject) enter the
       following:
    
          SUBSCRIBE MOSAIC-L Your Name
    
       For example:  subscribe mosaic-l Joe Smith
    

    Where to find new sites?

    Besides the NCSA What's new page, there are several other ways to find new information recently made available on the Internet:

    Sites of Intrigue


    WWW News 9-14-94
    Maricopa Center for Learning & Instruction (MCLI)
    The Internet Connection at MCLI is Alan Levine --}
    Comments to levine@maricopa.edu