WorldWideWeb--SLAC Introduction

SLAC 2 Dec 1993
SLAC uses the WorldWideWeb (WWW) service to provide access to a wide range of material at SLAC and elsewhere around the globe. Some information is presented as hypertext. With it you may not only read a screen from beginning to end, but also jump to related information from highlighted text like this if you select it with your mouse (GUI) or enter the attached number (line-mode). When you come to the end of a WWW page, move the scroll bar down (GUI) or press the "enter", or sometimes the "return", key (line-mode) to get to the next page.

WWW provides access to many information sources other than hypertext screens. You may directly query data bases in SPIRES and Oracle, view Netnews items and plain text files, explore Gopher and other network information systems, and invoke commands--as these sources have been made accessible to WWW. See the Internet and SLAC Front Page (links below) for two collections of hypertext links to many of these services. Material from remote locations is retrieved over the Internet and may actually reside almost anywhere in the world. The point of origin is often not communicated to you.

WWW is a highly distributed, client-server application. You use a client called a "browser" (like MidasWWW or Mosaic for Macintosh) to see WWW information. Several browsers are available, which support GUI or line-mode style for various platforms including UNIX, Macintosh, NeXT, PC, VM, and VMS.

WorldWideWeb information is particularly dynamic. Over time links may move around on a page, migrate to others, or be removed entirely as more appropriate locations are found, links become obsolete, or they are superceded by improved ones. WWW status information summarizes major changes to production SLAC pages.

Other SLAC Introductory Information

You may find the following panels helpful in learning about SLAC resources that have been made available to the WorldWideWeb:

The institution
Some general information
Using the HEP SPIRES database
Getting started with the Macintosh
Getting started with UNIX and AFS
Roaming the Internet

Other Introductory Information

Here're some other panels to help learn about WWW:

Frequently asked questions and answers about WWW
Introductory annotated bibliography on WorldWideWeb
To be announced...

SLAC Home Page

The SLAC Home Page is a view of the WorldWideWeb from SLAC. A good place to start working on the Web is from its SLAC Information section and subsequent ones.

This page is intended for "learners" about WWW at SLAC and evolved from part of the original SLAC Home Page.