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Provides instant Internet Connection Software by NetManage. Features the Chameleon Sampler by NetManage. Contains powerful Internet tools: news reader, mail reader, ftp client and server, and more. Gives you HTML editors to help you create your own Web pages. Has over 50 megabytes of goodies: images, audio clips, and video clips to add to your own Web pages. Offers full-featured helper programs including graphics viewers, interactive animation tools, and real-time sound players.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883577575
  • Publisher: Coriolis Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/1995
  • Edition number: 11
  • Pages: 723
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 1.64 (d)

Table of Contents


Table of Contents

Introduction xxi

PART 1 GETTING STARTED WITH
THE WEB AND NETSCAPE 1

Chapter 1 The Call of the Web 3

WEB BROWSERS FOR THE REAL WORLD 4
USING THIS BOOK 5
Explorations and Base Camp Briefings 5
Waxing Your Web Surfboard 6
Connecting to the Internet 6
What You Should Know before We Begin 7
A Client and a Browser 8
The Netscape Desktop 10
Web Pages 12
Testing a Link 13
Heading Home 15
NETSCAPE CONFIGURATION 16
A PEEK AT THE FUTURE 18
LET''S REVIEW 19

Chapter 2 Getting Our Bearings; Catching Our Breath 21

A BRIEF HISTORY OF NETSCAPE AND
THE WORLD WIDE WEB 22
In the Beginning: FTP 22
Hello, Archie 23
Giving Teeth to the Internet: Gopher 24
The World Wide Web 24
Birth of a Browser 26
An Explosion of Browsers 28
Where in the World Are We Going? 29
UNIFORM RESOURCE LOCATORS 29
HYPER TEXT MARKUP LANGUAGE (HTML) 30
TIME TO PREPARE FOR ANOTHER EXPLORATION 33
LET''S REVIEW 33

Chapter 3 Wanted: World Wide Web Tour Guide and Navigator 35

TEACHING NETSCAPE TO POINT 36
Watch Your Case 38
BOOKMARKS: EXTRAORDINARY TOUR GUIDES 39
The Care and Feeding of Bookmark Lists 42
ADDING YOUR OWN LINKS 43
Adding an Item to a Bookmark List 45
LET''S REVIEW 46
AND ONWARD! 47

Chapter 4 The Care and Feeding of Netscape Bookmarks 49

USING NETSCAPE''S FLEXIBLE MENU SYSTEM 50
THE BASICS OF MODIFYING MENUS 50
STARTING A NEW BOOKMARK FILE 52
Adding Menu Entries 52
Moving URLs between Menus 62
Menu Overflow 62
DELETING MENUS 66
USING ITEM SEPARATORS 66
STARTING FROM A SUBMENU 67
IMPORTING AND EXPORTING MENUS 67
NSMEDIT to the Rescue 68
LET''S REVIEW 71

Chapter 5 Inside URLs 73

THE UBIQUITOUS URL 74
THE COMPONENTS OF A URL 74
UNDERSTANDING NETWORK PORTS 76
HTTP URLS 76
OTHER TYPES OF URLS 77
gopher URLs 77
ftp URLs 78
telnet URLs 79
Usenet Newsgroup URLs 81
File URLs 81
Partial URLs 82
LET''S REVIEW 83

Chapter 6 Lynx and Character-Based Browsers 85

PLAIN VANILLA OR GRAPHICS 86
WHERE IT ALL BEGAN 86
The WWW Client 87
THERE''S A LYNX IN YOUR FUTURE 90
Let''s Tame Lynx 90
LET''S REVIEW 95

Chapter 7 Netscape: The Great Presentation Machine 97

TAKING THE STRAIN OFF THE WEB 98
NO DOCUMENT ON STARTUP 99
SHIFTING THE LOAD TO SOMEONE ELSE 100
Loading Netscape from Local Files 101
Downloading to Your Hard Disk 102
Changing Pointers 108
LET''S REVIEW 111

PART 2 PUBLISHING ON THE WEB 113

Chapter 8 Exploring the Power of Web Publishing 115

THE WORLD OF WEB PUBLISHING 116
A NEW KIND OF PUBLISHING 117
Interactive Publishing 117
Publishing on Demand 118
ME MAGAZINE 119
Multimedia Publishing 121
Resource Publishing 121
New Technology-Virtual Reality on the Web 122
Growth of Web Publishing 123
What Can You Publish on the Web? 123
WHAT EXACTLY ARE WEB PAGES? 126
What''s a Markup Language? 127
GETTING STARTED 128
What Do You Want to Publish on the Web? 129
Designing for the Web 129
Time-Based Publishing 130
Space-Based Publishing 132
Publishing with Levels 132
Evaluating Your Costs 134
Tools of the Trade 135
LET''S REVIEW 135

Chapter 9 The Easy Way to Create Your Own Home Page 137

IS THERE A HOME PAGE IN YOUR FUTURE? 138
Text-Based Pages (Resources) 139
Personal Home Pages 141
Commercial Home Pages 142
Service-Oriented Pages 144
Resource-Oriented Pages 145
Billboard Pages 147
Entertainment and Multimedia Pages 147
Humor-Oriented Home Pages 149
Weird Home Pages 150
HOME PAGE DESIGN 101 151
Simple Is Good 152
Focus Is Better 152
Fast Is Best 152
Alternate Images and Text 154
Make Your Pages Readable 154
Come Up with an Angle 155
Use the Newspaper Approach 155
Don''t Ignore Your Links 156
THREE WAYS TO CREATE A HOME PAGE 157
Creating Your First Home Page with HomePage Creator 157
GETTING PUBLISHED ON THE WEB 162
Setting Up Your Home Page with a Service Provider 163
LET''S REVIEW 164

Chapter 10 Creating Web Pages with HTML 165

HTML FOR WEB PUBLISHING 166
What Is HTML+ or HTML 3.0? 167
Learning HTML 167
HTML 101 169
The HTML Shell Game 172
Formatting Fun 174
Displaying Images 177
The Magic of Hotlinks 178
Working with Anchor References 179
Linking to Another HTML Document 180
CREATING A HOME PAGE USING CHARM NET''S PAGE 181
Testing a Home Page 186
CREATING A HOME PAGE FROM SCRATCH 187
Adding a Picture 190
Adding Anchors to Your Web Pages 194
HTML STANDARDS 197
LET''S REVIEW 197

Chapter 11 HTML in Style 201

CREATING LISTS WITH HTML 202
Introducing the Basic List Structure 203
The Return of Urb''s Home Page 204
Land Ho! 206
WORKING WITH SPECIAL CHARACTERS 208
A LITTLE MORE ON IMAGES 209
Combining Images with Text 209
Displaying Text Instead of Images 211
Using an Image as a Hotlink 211
Working with Thumbnails 212
Working with Multimedia 214
CREATING THE HTML STYLE GUIDE 216
Screen 1-Creating the Table of Contents 217
Screen 2-Here Come the Headings 220
Screens 3 and 4-Exploring the Basics of Links 222
Screen 5-Using Text Formatting Styles 224
Screens 6 and 7-Displaying Inline Graphics and Thumbnails 227
Screen 8-Inserting Special Characters 229
Screen 9-Everything You Wanted to Know About Lists 230
Screens 10 and 11-Applying Netscape''s Enhancements to HTML 233
Screen 12-Is There an Author in the House? 236
LET''S REVIEW 238

Chapter 12 Web Publishing Tips and Techniques 239

HTML FAQS 240
ADDING BACKGROUNDS AND COLORS 247
Changing Various Document Colors 250
Selecting Text Color 251
Solid Background Colors without Images 254
Biting the Hex Bullet 255
GREAT WEB PUBLISHING TIPS 257
Creating Your Own Graphics 257
Creating a Home Page 258
Checking a Web Page 259
Spelling Bee 261
LET''S REVIEW 262

Chapter 13 Mastering Tables 263

GETTING STARTED WITH TABLES 264
Let the Tutorial Begin 265
Summary of HTML Table Tags 267
The World''s Simplest Table 267
Two-Dimensional Tables 268
Text Formatting within Cells 271
Cell Spanning 273
Top and Side Table Headings 276
Practical Applications 277
Interesting Online Uses of Table 279
Online References 280
LET''S REVIEW 281

Chapter 14 Unlocking the Mysteries of CGI 283

MEET JON, THIS CHAPTER''S CO-AUTHOR 284
WHAT IS A SCRIPT? 284
How Can You Tell when Scripts Are Used? 286
How Are Scripts Executed? 286
Do You Need to Use a Programming Language to Create Scripts? 286
What Do You Need to Run Scripts? 287
What''s the Best Way to Learn How to Create Scripts? 287
Do You Need to Become a Unix Expert? 289
Creating the Script 292
Using the Script 296
Let''s Get Fancy 300
A Peek at Other Languages 302
LET''S REVIEW 304

Chapter 15 Publishing with Forms 307

GETTING INPUT 308
DOCUMENT- AND FORM-BASED QUERIES 309
USING DOCUMENT-BASED QUERIES 311
Performing Two Jobs with a CGI Script 311
Parameter Magic 313
Supporting Multiple Options 317
Sending Actual HTML Documents 317
FORM-BASED QUERIES 318
Creating Forms with HTML 320
How Do Forms Work? 322
Using Default Values with Text Boxes 326
Radio Buttons 328
Checkboxes 329
Adding Formatting Features 331
Drop-Down Menus 335
Decoding Name/Value Pairs 337
Resources 338
LET''S REVIEW 339

PART 3 DOING MORE ON THE WEB 341

Chapter 16 Finding and Retrieving Files 343

FILE COMPRESSION PROGRAMS 344
Why File Compression? 344
PK Ware''s PKZIP 2.04G 346
Other Compression Schemes 346
FILE TRANSFER PROTOCOL (FTP) 347
Public Domain, Shareware, and Freeware 350
SEARCHING TECHNIQUES 351
Querying Archie Using a Web Form 352
Partial Strings and Sorting by Date 354
Using Archie from a Unix Shell 358
Using an Archie Client 363
Advanced Archie: Send Him Some Fan Mail 364
Telnetting to Archie from within Netscape 365
THE VIRTUAL SHAREWARE LIBRARY 368
SHASEing Around 368
Getting the Archie Manual 371
LET''S REVIEW 371

Chapter 17 Gopher, Gopherspace, and the Web 373

GOPHER AND MY FRIEND VIN 374
Why Did Gopher Come into Being? 374
What Is a Gopher? 375
Gopher First Organized the Internet 376
GOPHER AS A CONCEPT 377
Starting Down a Gopher Hole 378
A Little Background 380
ACCESSING A GOPHER SERVER 380
Gopher for the Computerphobic 381
ACCESSING GOPHER VIA SLIP/PPP OR WITH A LOCAL CLIENT 382
Using a Public Gopher Client 383
THE MAIN MENU 385
Traversing a Gopher Menu Structure 386
EFFICIENT PROBLEM SOLVING 388
Elegant Solutions to Common Problems 389
Accessing Gopher Using Netscape 390
LET''S REVIEW 394

Chapter 18 Comparing WWW and Gopher 395

WHAT ARE GOPHERSPACE AND WEBSPACE? 396
Comparing Gopherspace and Webspace 398
Surfing Gopherspace using Different Client Programs 399
Gopher Resources for Web Surfers 403
Gopher Jewels 406
LET''S REVIEW 410

Chapter 19 Searching for the Holy Grail 411

FINDING THINGS 412
Finding Things, Continued 413
AND and OR 415
LET''S HAVE VERONICA FIND SOME HUMOR 416
STEVEN FOSTER''S VERONICA QUERIES TUTORIAL 418
Introduction 420
Types of Searches 420
Multiple Servers 420
Pre-Defined Search Types 420
Entering a Query 421
Default Maximum Items and the "-m" Option 421
Query Logic, Boolean Searching, and Wildcards 422
Finding Resources of a Certain Gopher "Type" using the "-t" Flag 422
Summary of the Options 423
Examples (from Fred Barrie) 424
WORLD WIDE WEB SEARCHING 425
THE WORLD WIDE WEB WORM 425
HARVEST 428
Harvest Brokers 430
Harvest Queries 434
NIKOS-THE NEW INTERNET KNOWLEDGE SYSTEM 436
EINET GALAXY 438
THE WEBCRAWLER 441
W3 SEARCH ENGINES 442
Information Servers 443
Software 444
People 444
Publications 444
News/FAQs 444
Documentation 445
Other Interesting Things 445
Miscellaneous 445
URB''S HOT SPOTS 447
UNIX GREP STRING SEARCHES 449
Regular Expressions 450
LET''S REVIEW 451

Chapter 20 Let Your "finger" Do the Walking 455

RUNNING FINGER 456
Customizing Your "finger" Information 458
Using Windows Finger 459
USING INTERNET BILLBOARDS 460Let''s Explore 460
PUTTING YOUR FINGER ON THE WEB 462
Other Interesting Sites 464
LET''S REVIEW 466

Chapter 21 Just the FAQs, Ma''am 469

FAQS TO THE RESCUE 470
THE MIT FAQ DEPOSITORY 471
Finding FAQs about WAIS 475
FAQs Via FTP 477
A Sample FTP Session 478
USENET AND LISTSERV GROUPS 479
Usenet Newsgroups 479
LISTSERV Lists 480
LISTSERV FAQs 483
LET''S REVIEW 485

Chapter 22 Setting Your Netscape Preferences 487

USING THE OPTIONS MENU 488
USING THE WONDERFUL PREFERENCES MENUS 489
Styles 490
Fonts and Colors 491
Mail and News 494
Cache and Networks 496
Applications and Directories 498
Images and Security 499
Proxies 500
Helper Applications 501
EDITING NETSCAPE.INI 502
Where Is netscape.ini? 503
NETSCAPE.INI File Comments 503
Using Editors 505
LET''S REVIEW 505

Chapter 23 Netscape''s Helpers 507

INSTALLING HELPER APPLICATIONS 508
Netscape Viewers List and WinSock Client Listing 509
Obtaining Current Helper and WinSock Information 510
Installing Helper Applications 512
Configuring Viewers 514
AN INSTALLATION TEMPLATE 514
GIF and JPEG Viewer Lview Pro 514
ONE-STOP SHOPPING FOR VIEWERS AT NCSA 520
MPEG Viewer MpegPlay 522
QuickTime Video Player 522
WHAM Sound Player 523
Future MIME Types 524
LET''S REVIEW 525

Chapter 24 Advanced Netscape Features 527

NETSCAPE''S USENET NEWSREADER 528
Newsgroup Hierarchy 529
Searching for Newsgroups on the World Wide Web 530
Netscape as Newsreader 530
Let''s Get the News 530
Responding to a Posted Message 533
Buttons on the Listing Page 536
Subscribing and Unsubscribing to Newsgroups 537
Editing Netscape Bookmark Files 539
Building a Hierarchical Bookmark System 541
LET''S REVIEW 545

PART 4 THE INTERNET CONNECTION KIT 547

Chapter 25 The Fastest Road to the Web 549

ALL ROADS LEAD TO THE WEB 550
NETMANAGE''S AUTOMATIC INTERNET 551
Installing Automatic Internet 552
The Installation Process 553
Getting Connected with a Service Provider 555
Logging In with Custom 559
Traveling to the Post Office 561
LET''S REVIEW 561

Chapter 26 SLIP/PPP and the Chameleon Sampler 563

LET''S SPEAK TCP/IP 564
Static and Dynamic IP Addressing 565
THE SHAPE OF A SLIP/PPP CONNECTION 565
What Does WinSock Mean? 566
Let There Be Help 567
What You Need and Where to Get It 568
THE CHAMELEON SAMPLER 569
Installing Chameleon 569
Configuring the Chameleon Sampler 571
Custom Configuration 573
Configuration Parameter Entry 574
Chameleon''s Scripts and slip.ini 580
Script Syntax 581
A Script Example 583
Duplication of Records 585
Connecting with a Chameleon Interface 586
How to Do It Yourself 586
LET''S REVIEW 587

Chapter 27 Installing Netscape and Win32s 589

DO YOU NEED WIN32S? 590
Installing Win32s 591
INSTALLING NETSCAPE 592
Step 1 - Locate the Internet Site 593
Step 2 - Download the Desired File to Your PC 593
Step 3 - Uncompress the File 597
Step 4 - Add the Program''s Icon to Windows 597
Step 5 - Configure the Program 599
Step 6 - Test the Program and Configuration 600
LET''S REVIEW 600

Chapter 28 Going Off on Your Own 603

FINDING A SERVICE PROVIDER WITHOUT INTERNET ACCESS 604
Local Access Providers 606
Locating a Service Provider When You Already Have Internet Access 606
Narrowing Down the Field 609
AFTER YOU SELECT A PROVIDER 612
LET''S REVIEW 616

Appendix A: Writing Great HTML 619

IN THE BEGINNING THERE WAS SGML 619
HTML-THE LANGUAGE OF THE WEB 620
USING AN HTML EDITOR 620
You Still Have to Read HTML 621
Using "Piggyback" Editors 621
HTML BASICS 622
THE STRUCTURE OF AN HTML DOCUMENT 622
{HEAD} ... {/HEAD} Tag 622
{BODY} ... {/BODY} Tag 623
Comments 623
HEADER ELEMENTS 624
{TITLE} ... {/TITLE} Tag 624
Other {HEAD} Elements 624
NORMAL TEXT 625
{BR} Tag 625
{NOBR} Tag 626
{WBR} Tag 626
{P} Tag 626
Logical and Physical Attributes 626
HEADINGS 629
LISTS 629
Numbered List 630
Bulleted List 631
Netscape List Extensions 631
Directory and Menu Lists 633
Description List 633
INLINE IMAGES 634
{IMG ...} Tag 634
Mixing Images and Text 635
IsMap Parameter 637
HORIZONTAL RULES 637
HYPERMEDIA LINKS 638
Links to Other Documents 638
USING URLS 641
{BASE} Tag 641
Reading and Constructing URLs 642
USING SPECIAL CHARACTERS 643
Two Forms: Numeric and Symbolic 643
PREFORMATTED AND OTHER
SPECIAL PARAGRAPH TYPES 643
{BLOCKQUOTE} ... {/BLOCKQUOTE} Tag 644
{PRE} ... {/PRE} Tag 644
{ADDRESS} ... {/ADDRESS} Tag 644
USING TABLES 644
{TABLE} ... {/TABLE} Tag 645
USING FORMS 646
{FORM} ... {/FORM} TAG 646
Form Action and Method Attributes 647
Widgets 648
THE CGI 653
SECURITY 653

Appendix B: A Survivor''s Guide to Unix 655

UNIX COMMANDS 655
CONVENTIONS YOU CANNOT IGNORE! 657
What''s a File? 659
DIRECTORIES 659
Your Home Directory 660
Your Working Directory 660
Moving Around the Directory Structure 660
FILE MANIPULATION COMMANDS 662
CHANGING FILE AND DIRECTORY PROTECTION 663
Copying and Moving Files 665
Deleting Files 665
Unix Globs, aka Wild Cards 666
GET ME SOME ''MORE' 'CAT' 667
PIPING 667
MISDIRECTION AND REDIRECTION 667
GETTING HELP 668
ALIASES AND SCRIPTS 669
SUMMARY 669

Appendix C: Unix Aliases and Scripts 671

THE UNIX ALIAS 671
Redefining Commands 672
Combining Commands 673
Creating Your Own Set of Aliases 674
Unix Scripts 674
Creating and Adding to Small Unix Files without Using an Editor 678

Appendix D: Web Publishing Resources 681

HOW THIS GUIDE IS ORGANIZED 681
Sites for HTML Stuff 682
Web and HTML FAQs and Docs 685
HTML Tools and Related Stuff 687
CGI and VRML 689
Adding Sights (and Sounds) to Your Site 690
Free Art 691
Legalities 692
Periodicals (Online and on Paper) Related to Web Publishing 693
Books 695

Appendix E: Using the Web Surfing and Publishing CD-ROM 697

AUDIO, VIDEO, ANIMATION, AND CLIP ART 698
Audio 698
Images 698
Video and Animation 698
HomePage Creator 699
HotMetal 699
HTML Assistant 700
MPEGplay version 1.65 701
Paint Shop Pro version 3.0 702
ViewSpace 702
Web Spinner 703

Epilogue 707
Index 709

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