Bob's Template and Incredibly Fast
World Wide Web Introduction
Be an expert today:

You can copy this file,
print it with your word processor,
open it with Netscape from your disk,
study it to see how it works,
or make another copy and
edit it to turn it into your very own "Home Page."

Then you can PUBLISH it on the Internet!

(If you do, be sure to change the email address at the end
so that I don't get all of your fan mail.)....

You can open this file with Netscape on the Mac (using the File menu's Open File command), or edit it with Simple Text, Teach Text, or MS Word. (But with the latter, always save it as Text Only, not as Word's normal format.) Look at the codes on paper or in one window of the screen while you click on the blue or red link words. Use Netscape's "back" command or its "go" menu to backtrack.

While you are looking at this page with Netscape, check out the View menu. Try the "View - Source" command. It shows you all the codes in the page you were just looking at with Netscape.

This command works with any page on the Web! Do you realize what that means? Since the Macintosh lets you copy and paste between windows, you can copy the link codes for your favorite sites and paste them into your own home page on the disk! You can build a huge library of links to your favorite places on the Internet in just a few hours.

Since you're only taking the *address*, it's not plagiarism. (But if you took someone else's whole *collection* of addresses and pretended to have done all the work involved in finding them and describing them, I think it would be.)

Later, when you're happy with your very own home page, you can upload it to ISIS and "publish" it on the Web for us all to see.

Here are OIT's instructions on making a public home page:

**** World-Wide Web homepage publishing now available ****
If you would like to create a World Wide Web homepage, the program
"wwwstart" is now available to setup your environment. Read for details.

Bob Stepno

World Wide Web "pages" or "sites" are created by marking up plain text files with HTML codes. HTML stands for HyperText Markup Language. A little bit goes a long way, such as the dozen or so codes in this file. They are really all you need. If you want more instruction, there are now several books on HTML at the RAM Shop bookstore, as well as plenty of online tutorials, such as the ones linked right here, thanks to the folks at Netscape (They didn't create all of these tutorials. That's the neat thing about Hypertext -- one author can "cite" works by other authors, and connect to the full text.)

If you need help with Netscape itself, here's Netscape's own manual at

For a huge collection of answers to the Frequently Asked Questions about the Web, see Tom Boutell's World Wide Web FAQ which is stored at Sunsite here on campus, and used by people all over the world.

Major directories of the net & search programs

A jumbled list of sites

These are a few places I'm interested in, or think you might be...

  • This is Netscape's own guide to Learning Netscape

  • Leonardo da Vinci Museum

  • I went to Ireland not too long ago and had trouble finding TELEPHONES that worked... so I was pleasantly surprised to find a lot of Irish things on the Internet, including this map at the Internet's Complete Guide To Ireland

  • The Funny Bone Homepage

  • How to Be a Good Graduate Student

  • While this course is about doing useful research, there are also many Useless WWW Pages. BEWARE!

  • I wonder if the person at Rice University who keeps track of the Geek Site of the Day really changes it every day?

  • SHOR-DUR-MAR!!! is short for "short duration marriage" thanks to someone else named Bob (This example is here mostly to show how you can reference the default page for a directory, or one of the other pages in that directory.... or maybe it's just here to show you how VERY STRANGE people who spend a lot of time with computers can be...

  • An example of online advertising from Molson Breweries Ltd.

  • Another advertising/marketing site from CompuServe in the form of an Internet contest

  • Folk Music Home Page

    News media

    The NandO Times

    Mercury Center Main Menu

    The Irish Times on The Web


    Journalism research

    Internet Journalism Resources from (The Internet Town Hall)

    Journalism list

    Awesome Lists (

    Information Sources: the Internet and Computer-Mediated Communication

    The Nat'l PressClub

    Pulitzer Prizes

    NewsLink menu (c) 1995

    A Beginner's Guide to HTML

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, a law firm

    John Perry Barlow Library

    Pat Buchanan's Internet Campaign Headquarters

    Come on Along!

    Politics, News, Media

    Solidarity Bulletin Board

    NewtWatch Home Page

    Two Newsgroups


    Newsgroup: unc.jomc

    How I spent my summer vacation...

    Soundings / August 1995 - Tour Page 1

    Soundings / August 1995 - Tour Page 2

    Electronic newspaper discussion

    This is an example of a link to a database composed of other people's email -- an archive of messages to a mailing list. It looks something like a Newsgroup, but it's different. In a Newsgroup the messages are *only* stored as one master copy on each server computer. With a mailing list, each list member gets a copy in their own email "basket." I'd ask you not to try responding to people's messages or starting a new thread in this particular discussion because doing so would send direct mail into hundreds of people's mailboxes.... You usually shouldn't join the discussion on a mailing list until you're sure what the list is for. For now, just browse around the discussion. The mailing list is for professional online newspaper creators and was started by Steve Outing in Boulder, Colo. Steve also keeps a major page of links to newspapers publishing on the Web. Click here to get to the list's archives (and to a link to Steve's personal home page, with all of his projects): The Online-News Archive Page

    Finally, in our course we are mostly interested in text, but if you have pictures to share with the world, it's very easy to put them on the Web too. It takes only four "words" of code to put this mug here. If it was a picture of King Kong, it would be just as simple.

    (To make it work, you'll have to copy the file "coffee.gif" to the same disk where you store this template file; otherwise you'll just see a confused little icon that represents the missing picture.)

    Have fun!

    Bob Stepno


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