Introductory WWW Bibliography

22 Dec 1995

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Here're some documents to help you get started using, understanding, installing, and implementing WorldWideWeb services. World Wide Web is also known as WWW, W3, or the Web. It's even sometimes known by the name of the browser being used, e.g., Mosaic.

Introducing the World Wide Web

WWW FAQ
Comprehensive FAQ on WWW. Or check out the original, small list by Tim Berners-Lee.
WWW Glossary
Glossary of hypertext terms used within the WWW Project.
SLAC Beam Line 94
Web concepts, history, uses, and developments by Tony Johnson (Fall). See also two classic 1992 papers, one by Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau at CHEP 92 and the second, "World Wide Web: An Information Infrastructure for High-Energy Physics," by Berners-Lee, Cailliau, Groff, and Pollermann, presented at Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems for High Energy and Nuclear Physics, La Londe les Maures, France, Jan 13-18, 1992.
Cyberspace Guide
"Entering the World-Wide Web: A Guide to Cyberspace," a compendium of WWW information from Kevin Hughes.

Software

Line-Mode Browser
Status and instructions for running the W3C (originally, CERN) line-mode client, the bare bones way of getting started. Most people use more powerful browsers today.
Server
Instructions for obtaining and running the W3C (originally, the CERN) httpd server.

Protocols and Languages

HTTP Specs
Internet Draft proposing upgrades to the HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP).
HTML 2 Spec
The HyperText Markup Language (HTML) 2.0 Proposed Standard from the HTML Working Group of the IETF and related documents. HTML is an SGML document type. See also more references, especially style sheet proposals for HTML rendering.
HTML Primer
"A Beginner's Guide to HTML" from NCSA.
URL Primer
"A Beginner's Guide to URLs," originally from Marc Andreessen. For the definitive words on URL, see RFC #1738 " Uniform Resource Locators (URL)" by Tim Berners-Lee, et al., and #1808 " Relative Uniform Resource Locators" by R. Fielding.
Forms Summary
Fill-out forms support for Mosaic for X from NCSA. (Applicable elsewhere.)
CGI Overview
An overview of the Common Gateway Interface (CGI) for running external programs (gateways) under an information server (today an HTTP server).

Conventions and Administration

Style Guide
Tim Berners-Lee's hypertext "Style Guide." Consider also Patrick J. Lynch's Web Style Manual and Christine Quinn's points on the corporate image.
NASA Web Info Administration
"A Suggested Framework for Administering NASA's Web Information Hypermedia," a draft white paper incorporating feedback from several sources by Elizabeth Feinler.

Further Resources

You may also find one of the comp.infosystems.www.*. or other WWW newsgroups interesting. Or consider joining a mailing list.

For a relatively comprehensive list of Web resources, see the Computers and Internet:Internet:World Wide Web entry in Yahoo! Check out conferences like the International WWW Conference Series, too, first held in May, 1994.

For information on creating Web pages or supplying related services at SLAC, read about WWW resources.


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