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Willie W. Webfoot talks about the World Wide Web
An Overview Of The World Wide Web
A New Surfer's Guide
"I do not fear computers. I fear lack of them."
—Isaac Asimov

Simply put, the World Wide Web is a way to share resources with many people at the same time, even if some of those resources are located at opposite ends of the world. If you think of it as a research paper that lets each footnote take you right to the original source, then you've got the basic idea.

It's Not Just For Scientists Anymore
What began as a research tool has blossomed into something unexpected and much more fun. With the introduction of Mosaic and other graphical web browsers, the web has become a communications tool for a much wider audience.

Web pages can include text information, pictures, sounds, video, FTP links for downloading software, and much more. You can create living documents that are updated weekly, daily, or even hourly to give web surfers a different experience every time they visit your pages. As the technology develops, even more amazing applications will be possible.

Understanding URLs
The URL, or Uniform Resource Locator, is the address on the web that you are visiting. If someone gives you the address to their web page, they may say its at www.imagescape.com. Most web browsers need you to include http:// at the beginning of the URL so the program knows that you want to visit a web page. Thus, you'll need to tell your web browser to open http://www.imagescape.com to get to the page you want. Remember, you can also connect to FTP sites and gophers with your browser, so you need to be specific (FTP sites, for example, begin with a ftp://.)

More information on URLS can be found at:

A Beginner's Guide to URLs
If you are interested in developing a greater understanding of the elements in a web address, this is a good place to start.

More About You And Your Browser
It's good to keep in mind that the web doesn't look the same to everyone. Some people use Netscape, Internet Explorer, Mosaic or other browsers that support graphics. Others can only make a connection through lynx, which supports the text and the links, but no pictures. Many members of the internet community only have access to web information through e-mail. Your modem speed and the type of connection that you have also has an effect on the way you view the WWW.

Sometimes, you'll encounter a web page that will behave oddly. It may look funny, or give you an alert message. Some pages will even crash your web browser. Don't assume that you did something wrong; it could be that the page is coded to offer features that your browser doesn't support. Many web designers use features that only work for the Netscape or Microsoft Internet Explorer browser, or for a certain operating system, etc.. There is nothing wrong with your computer. Just get your browser going again and you might want to shy away from sites that crash you!

A Very, Very Brief History Of The Web
Even though the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, CERN, can be credited for laying the foundation of the Web, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, NCSA, developed many of the tools that made the Web usable to mere mortals.

We have provided a few links to the places where you can find more information about the history and scope of the web.

CERN - European Laboratory for Particle Physics
A brief description of Cern's involvement with the World Wide Web.
The World Wide Web Consortium Homepage
More about the technical specs and the web community.
National Center for Supercomputing Applications
Includes the Mosaic home page.

This last link has very little to do with the "history" of the web, but experience has shown that it is always a delightful introduction to the scope of the web. People enjoy getting a sense of how their part of the world is "connected" to the rest of us:

The Virtual Tourist
This is the place where you'll have the cyberspace version of the world at your fingertips. It's a busy site, so be patient with the connection time.

 

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