Introduction to WWW
25 Aug 1997
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.
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.
- 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
- 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.
- The Highlighted SLAC Home Page
displays information in a hierarchical fashion, pointing
to Secondary SLAC Home Pages such as
on each major information category.
The Secondary pages in turn link to a number of other information
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
- 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.
Web information is particularly dynamic.
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
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
WWW Project was initiated at
People around the globe contribute.
In 1995 CERN turned over basic WWW development in Europe to the
At the time of writing (August, 1997), INRIA, the MIT
Laboratory for Computer Science,
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.