Your Internet Consultant - The FAQs of Life Online
WWW employs the hypertext, or "hypermedia", approach, in which cross-references are embedded within documents and other entries. Each cross-reference is a pointer to another document or to other actions, lists, or menus. Think of it as being able to click a footnote and being instantly taken to the corresponding place in another book or to hearing the sound of someone explaining something or to being automatically logged into a corresponding service, such as the Library of Congress.
During 1993 and 1994, the use of WWW rapidly caught up with Gopher as a way to make information available to the Internet community, further spurred by Mosaic and Lynx, two World Wide Web "browsers."
Note: A WWW browser, or front-end is the program
that you run to access the information stored in the Web. Two popular browsers
are Lynx, an ASCII-based browser, and Mosaic, a multimedia browser for the
Macintosh and Microsoft Windows. You'll see the word Mosaic many more
times online and in this book: it's a program that has changed the way people
use the Internet, by letting them easily access text, sounds, graphics, and use
"hypertext links" to navigate through
The text-based WWW browser in the following example is a bit of an eyesore, but it harbors a vast amount of information. Graphical browsers like Mosaic make WWW easier--and more fun--to use.
NJIT Information Technology Entry Point (20/20) (WWW) software developed at CERN with modifications by NJIT. With the NJIT Screen Mode browser use either the cursor keys or the item number, followed by the return key to select the topic of interest. Goals of the NJIT-IT. HELP Test menu EMERGENCY University Directory Information Systems NJIT Police 3111 Calendar Faculty NJIT Library Rutgers Police 648-5111 Events Staff Other Libraries Newark Police 733-6080 Publications Phone Book Other Info Systems UMDNJ Hospital 456-4300 News Hours Computing Systems Health Services 3621 Information Topic: Student Academic Administration Facilities What is new on njIT Weather Known Bugs http://it/ Next Back Up Find List Recall Top End Go saVe eXit Query Preceding Succeeding Home Instructions go Home to initial start-up document ( ? help, - escape, ++ homebase ) HYPERTEXT ACTION CHOICE>Notice that in these Web menus, various words are followed by numbers in brackets. Using this browser, I typed the number of the item that I wished to jump to. In a more elegant browser, like Mosaic, I could simply point-and-click on a keyword.
News Available Online NEWS AVAILABLE ONLINE News sources include: A full list of the news groups available via the Internet and Bitnet News Groups. News Group Frequently Asked Questions Archive are maintained at ohio-state and rtfm.mit.edu and also available for searching via WAIS at email@example.com Note: These hosts limit the maximum number of users. If you experience a problem please try again later. USA Today News via Nova http://it/njIT/News/General.html Next Back Up Find List Recall Top End Go saVe eXit Query Preceding Succeeding Home Instructions Query hypertext links ( ? help, - escape, ++ homebase ) HYPERTEXT ACTION CHOICE> QSee Figure 2.1 for an illustration of Mosaic in action.
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