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Title:
The World Wide Web for scientists & engineers : a complete reference for navigating, researching & publishing online
Author:
Thomas, Brian J.
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Publication Information:
Bellingham, Wash. : SPIE Press ; New York : IEEE Press, [1998]

©1998
Physical Description:
xv, 357 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Essential tools & applications -- Web authoring & publishing -- Searching & researching on the Web -- Science & engineering resources -- Appendix: search engine comparison chart
ISBN:
9780819427755

9780780334526

9780852969397
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Book

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Summary

The World Wide Web has matured into a powerful tool for scientists, engineers, and researchers. It offers new ways to communicate ideas and information. This guide details strategies and tools to move beyond browsing, to online research and publishing.


Summary

The maturation of the World Wide Web has unleashed a powerful new tool for scientists, engineers, and researchers. This book opens doors into not only the vast resources available online today and how to use them efficiently, but also the exciting new possibilities for collaboration and communication at both local and global levels.


Table of Contents

Contents Ip. vii
Prefacep. xiii
Part I Essential Tools and Applications
1. Introductionp. 3
Publishing on the Webp. 4
After the Big Bang: HTML-Based Evolutionp. 6
Much Ado about Javap. 7
The Internet's Future: A Full Circlep. 8
2. Getting Onlinep. 11
Who Provides Internet Access?p. 11
Primary Optionsp. 12
Internet Service Providers (ISPs)p. 12
Commercial Online Servicesp. 12
What's the Difference?p. 13
Which Is Better?p. 13
Choosing an Internet Service Providerp. 13
Trave! Considerationsp. 14
Finding Internet Access Providers (ISPs)p. 15
Finding Commercial Service Providersp. 15
3. E-Mail and Messagingp. 17
Why E-mail?p. 17
What is E-mail?p. 17
E-mail Softwarep. 18
Addressing and Sending E-mailp. 18
Your E-mail Addressp. 19
Choosing an E-mail Addressp. 20
More about Domainsp. 21
Message Headersp. 22
Attachmentsp. 23
Message Bodyp. 24
Contents II
Signaturesp. 24
Return Message Headersp. 25
"Bounced" or Undeliverable Mailp. 26
Composing E-mail Messagesp. 27
Structural Rulesp. 27
Netiquettep. 27
Proprietyp. 28
Common Conventionsp. 28
Finding Someone's E-mail Addressp. 30
4. Discussion Listsp. 31
Moderated v. Unmoderated Listsp. 32
Mailing Lists v. Listservsp. 32
Mailing Listsp. 32
Subscribing to Mailing Listsp. 33
Listservsp. 34
Understanding Listservsp. 34
Understanding Listserv Gatewaysp. 35
Subscribing to Listservsp. 36
Unsubscribing to a Listserv, and Other Commandsp. 37
Discussion List Netiquettep. 37
Digestsp. 38
Discussion List Commands Reviewp. 39
Finding Discussion Listsp. 40
Discussion List Resourcesp. 40
5. Web Browsers and Applicationsp. 43
Welcome to Hypertextp. 43
Web Foundation Elementsp. 44
The Client-Server Model on the Webp. 44
Uniform Resource Locators (URLs)p. 44
Introduction to Web Browsersp. 46
Two Browser Typesp. 46
Text Browsersp. 47
Graphical Browsersp. 50
Browser Warsp. 50
Exploring the Web with Netscapep. 51
Customizing Your Web Browserp. 53
Link Colors, Background Colors, and Image Mapsp. 53
Saving Text and Printingp. 54
Viewing Text and Graphicsp. 54
Image Loadingp. 55
Bookmarks and Hotlistsp. 56
Helper Applications and Plug-insp. 58
MIME: Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensionsp. 59
Web Page Enhancementsp. 61
Tablesp. 61
Framesp. 62
Online Formsp. 62
Contents III
Multimedia on the Webp. 64
Java and JavaScriptp. 64
Cookiesp. 65
VRML and Quick Time VRp. 66
Audio and Video Onlinep. 66
Reading Usenet Discussion Groupsp. 67
What Is Usenet?p. 67
Setting Up Netscape to Read Usenet Newsp. 68
Where to Find Browser Softwarep. 75
Netscape Navigator and Communicatorp. 75
Microsoft Internet Explorerp. 75
Where to Find Standalone Newsreadersp. 75
Windows95 and Windows NTp. 75
Macintoshp. 75
Part II Web Authoring and Publishing
6. Web File Formatsp. 79
Documents, Images, and File Typesp. 79
Document Formatsp. 80
ASCII v. Binaryp. 80
Formatted Textp. 81
PostScriptp. 81
TeX and Derivativesp. 82
Adobe Acrobat PDFp. 82
Image and Graphic Formatsp. 83
GIF Imagesp. 84
Animated GIFsp. 84
JPEG Imagesp. 85
PNG Imagesp. 85
TIFF Imagesp. 86
Encapsulated PostScript (EPS)p. 86
Multimedia Formatsp. 86
Audio Formatsp. 87
Video and Animation Formatsp. 88
Identifying File Types and Formatsp. 89
The Role of MIMEp. 89
Common File Types and Extensionsp. 90
7. Introduction to Web Publishingp. 91
Scholarly Publishing: Past, Present, and Futurep. 92
The Mythology of Personal Publishingp. 93
An Introduction to Publishing on the Webp. 93
Building Blocks of Web Publishingp. 94
Introduction to HTMLp. 96
Basic HTML Tagsp. 97
A Basic Web Pagep. 98
URLs and Linksp. 99
Contents IV
Links to Imagesp. 100
E-Mail Linksp. 101
Relative v. Absolute Linksp. 101
Link Anchorsp. 102
Text Formatting and Attributesp. 103
Numbered or Bulleted Listsp. 103
Commentsp. 105
Putting It All Togetherp. 105
8. Advanced Web Publishingp. 109
Painting the Canvasp. 111
Graphics on the Webp. 112
Background Imagesp. 114
Text and Link Colorsp. 115
Introduction to Tablesp. 116
Building a Page with Tablesp. 119
Special Text Charactersp. 123
More HTML Featuresp. 124
HTML Formsp. 124
CGI: Common Gateway Interfacep. 125
Framesp. 125
Image Mapsp. 126
Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)p. 128
Java and JavaScriptp. 128
Some Final Advicep. 129
Getting Found on the Webp. 131
References and Resourcesp. 133
HTML Special Characters Reference Chartp. 135
Part III Searching and Researching on the Web
9. Searching and Researchingp. 141
Introductionp. 141
Surveying the Landscapep. 141
Getting Startedp. 143
Registration Sitesp. 144
Robots, Spiders, and Crawlersp. 144
Hybrid Search Enginesp. 145
Focused Subject Guides: A Viable Alternativep. 145
Meta-Search Sites: Best of All Worlds?p. 145
How Search Engines Rank Web Sitesp. 146
Search Engine Basicsp. 147
Searching More Than Textp. 148
Common Search Elementsp. 148
Boolean Operatorsp. 148
The Big Six Search Enginesp. 150
Contents V
A Sample Search: HotBotp. 154
Other Search Optionsp. 156
A Sample Search: Yahoop. 157
Primary Internet Search Sitesp. 165
Science and Engineering Resourcesp. 167
Resource Listings
Aeronautics and Aerospacep. 169
Agricultural Sciencesp. 174
Artificial Intelligencep. 177
Astronomy and Astrophysicsp. 182
Biology and Biotechnologyp. 195
Chemistryp. 212
Computer Sciencep. 217
Electronics and Electrical Engineeringp. 224
Energyp. 235
Engineeringp. 240
Geology and Geophysicsp. 246
Imaging Technologiesp. 253
Linguistics and Natural Languagep. 260
Materialsp. 265
Mathematicsp. 271
Medicinep. 282
Meteorologyp. 291
Oceanographyp. 296
Opticsp. 304
Physicsp. 312
Securityp. 321
Virtual Realityp. 324
Appendix Search Engine Comparison Chartp. 327
Glossaryp. 335
Bibliographyp. 351
Indexp. 355

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