NOTE: If you are using a different telnet program, you should test the terminal emulation to see if it works correctly. If it does not work correctly, try one of the other terminal types. VT-100 or some variation on this is probably the most common.
Now you should have a "Library Hours" Screen.
Choose a command: so
From the "Directory of Online Resources" Screen.
Now you are at the regular card catalog screen.
View. This allows you to "view" or "hide" different toolbars. Since some of these features are redundant and take up screen space, it is useful to turn some of them off if you do not use them.
Java. Java is a programming language that is used to include programs inside a web page. These are usually called java applets. To use java, you must have a java ready browser. The Windows 95 version of Netscape includes Java. For Windows 3.1 users, there is a beta version of Netscape that will work with Java (although I have not gotten it to work). If your browser supports java, here is a sample that demonstrates some of what it will allow. This is just a simple little program, but with Java it may be distributed over the web. http://links.math.rpi.edu/~markv/Piston.html Gas Law .
Mail. Netscape may be used for e-mail with a pop or an IMAP mail server. Both of these mail standards are available on Muse and other servers on campus. This provides an easy to use windows interface for e-mail. To configure this go to "Edit | Preferences | Mail and Groups" To get to the submenues click on the + symbol:
- Display quoted text. This is a standard format for e-mail where any quote from a previous message begins each line with a > symbol.
- Identity. This is where you specify who you are, what your e-mail address is, and who you work for. One nice feature here is the addition of a "signature file". This is simply a short text file that is added to every e-mail message. Typically this would include your name, address, phone, and e-mail. Some people get very creative with this. You can create the file in any wordprocessor and simply save it as ASCII text. Another feature that is available here is the "Address Card". DON'T do this. It attaches an extra file to your message that gives the same information as the signature file, but it clutters up the hard disk of the recipient. It is a silly gimmick that Netscape added in an effort to irritate people.
- Messages. This specifies how your messages are sent. Options include:
- HTML messages. These will display as garbage for anyone who is not using Netscape for their mail. If your recipient is using Netscape mail, it lets you include more formatting than is possible in regular e-mail. But for most recipients, they will see a bunch of garbage and think you are a pest.
- Quote original message when replying. This is good form, it helps someone remember what they were talking about. However, it is not necessary to quote the entire message. Cut out any extraneous information. Just quote enough to set the context for your reply.
- Wrap long lines. This is important for many old e-mail systems. You should "wrap" text lines so that they will display properly. The default setting of 72 should be fine.
- Copies of outgoing messages. This is an easy way to e-mail a copy of all your correspondence to another e-mail address.
- Copy messages to a folder. This places a copy of your sent messages in a directory on your computer.
- Mail Server. This is where you specify your login ID, the server to load your mail from, and how to access that server. Under "More" you can set the directory to save your mail, you can set Netscape to automatically download your mail at a set interval, you can set netscape to remember your e-mail password, and you can set netscape to work with other software. The MAPI protocol lets you e-mail a file directly from another program. For example you can send a Word document as an e-mail attachment directly from Word.
Composer "Edit | Preferences | Composer".To get to the submenues click on the + symbol:
- Author Name. You.
- Automatically Save. This automatically saves the file you are working on at a regular interval. This is a VERY good idea.
- External Editors. These are programs for editing the raw HTML and raw images. I would recommend using Notepad or Write as HTML editors (both are included with Windows) and LView (available from the internet) as the image editor.
- Font Size Mode. I suggest using the Relative HTML font scale. This is the most widely used method.
- Under the subheading "Publishing"
- Maintain Links. This sets the links to work when they are moved to the server. For more details look under "relative links" in the help menu.
- Keep Images with Page. The image files are separate from the web page, this checks that the image file is not left behind.
- Publishing location. This is the URL for transferring web pages to the server. Details will vary for each server. Two addresses are required, one for transferring files (ftp://) and one for viewing files (http://). The link will look something like: "ftp://muse.widener.edu/sev0001/public/"
Help. Don't forget to look here for useful information. It really is pretty good.