SLACIntroduction to WWW

25 Aug 1997

SLAC Welcome Highlighted Home Detailed Home What's New Search Phonebook

The World Wide Web (WWW) is a graceful and powerful Internet tool for accessing and manipulating a wide range of information here at SLAC and around the world. This page is primarily for those new to the Web at SLAC but also contains a few pointers for those completely new to the Web.

SLAC Core Pages

At the center of SLAC's Web structure are three Core Pages. These are designed to help people with different backgrounds and styles gain access quickly to various kinds of information.

  1. To learn about SLAC, the institution, look at the SLAC Welcome Page. This "public page" introduces the laboratory, its activities, and its sponsorship. The material is designed for guests, visitors, and those new to the institution.The page is the default when you enter the URL:

  2. For a detailed summary of the World Wide Web from SLAC, see the SLAC Home Page. It is designed to meet a wide range of information needs for the disparate members of the SLAC working community, wherever they are in the world. Most of the information is arranged by function; one section is based on SLAC's organizational structure.

The SLAC Home Page actually comes in two formats, named the Highlighted and the Detailed SLAC Home Page, because people have different styles of work. The same material is contained in both. More specifically:

  1. The Highlighted SLAC Home Page displays information in a hierarchical fashion, pointing to Secondary SLAC Home Pages such as SLAC Research on each major information category. The Secondary pages in turn link to a number of other information sources. Link text in the Secondary pages is often spelled out, e.g., SLAC Computing Services rather than just SCS. To speed access, the Highlighted SLAC Home Page also links directly to a few highly used or otherwise very important pages from the Secondary SLAC Home Pages, such as the SPIRES-HEP database.

  2. The Detailed SLAC Home Page displays information in single broad, flat style. This one page has the same information in the same categories as the Highlighted SLAC Home Page and all its Secondary SLAC Home Pages but in a more compressed format. If the link text is long, an acronym or subset of the full text is used to save space, e.g., SCS rather than SLAC Computing Services.

Here's a diagram of SLAC's Three-Page Core Model.

Changing the Default Page

If you are an active member of the SLAC working community, we recommend you change your default page (labeled "Home" in most browsers) from the SLAC Welcome Page or the browser-vendor's Home Page to either of the SLAC Home Pages, Highlighted or Detailed, or to another page of your choice. This tailoring may save you a lot of time. Some general instructions are given in " Changing Your Browser's Home Page Default."

Starting to Explore the Web

Here're a few links to help you start using the Web:
Getting Started
Information to help new members of the SLAC community get started working at the Lab or old members to learn about new areas.
A popular, hierarchical index of the Internet you may search or browse. See also its quick tips on usage.
The central "jumping off" point, whether you are a Web user, author, Support Coordinator, or manager, to learn about SLAC WWW policies and procedures, "how to" documents, tool overviews, who can help, and much more. If you are new to the Web at SLAC, especially, get to know your Web Support Coordinator, who can provide a variety of aid.
The SLAC introductory, annotated bibliography on the Web tool, itself.
Mailing Lists and News Groups
Instructions for using electronic mailing lists or accessing online news to find out what others at SLAC are saying about the Web.

A good place to check for more introductory information is your local bookstore or the SLAC Library. Here's a sample of the Library's current Web holdings.

Take Note

Web information is particularly dynamic. Over time hypertext links may move around on a page, migrate to other pages, or be removed entirely as more appropriate locations for the links are found, the links become obsolete, or they are superceded by improved links.

SLAC servers, like many others elsewhere, log usage requests. These records may include individual usernames with the pages they access. Usage data is helpful in understanding the user community and its interests as well as in uncovering some kinds of system problems. For the public summary data SLAC makes available, see WWW Server Statistics.

Web Developments beyond SLAC

The WWW Project was initiated at CERN. People around the globe contribute. In 1995 CERN turned over basic WWW development in Europe to the WebCore Project headed by INRIA. At the time of writing (August, 1997), INRIA, the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science, and Keio University jointly host the international World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

Many standards activities are also underway, and new software applications are being developed by uncounted companies, organizations, and individuals.

WWW Support Stanford