WorldWideWeb--SLAC Introduction

SLAC 18 Dec 1994
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 like SPIRES and Oracle, view Netnews items and plain text files, explore Gopher, and other network information systems, look at images and movies, listen to speeches, and invoke commands--as these sources have been made accessible to WWW. See the Internet and SLAC Home 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migrate to others, or be removed entirely as more appropriate locations are found, links become obsolete, or they are superceded by improved ones. See What's New for updates to SLAC's WWW pages, Major Changes for more system-related modifications, and SLAC WWW Server Statistics for usage data.

Other SLAC Introductory Information

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

The institution. Or take a physical tour.
Some general information.
Using the HEP SPIRES database.
Getting started with the Macintosh.
Getting started with PCs.
Getting started with UNIX and AFS.
Roaming the Internet.
Local Area
Finding out about local area resources.

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
Cyberspace Guide
"Entering the World-Wide Web: A Guide to Cyberspace," a compendium of WWW information from Kevin Hughes. Covers introductory through reference material.
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 (Including SPIRES) section and subsequent ones.

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