Internet and World Wide Web Resources

Internet and World Wide Web Resources

1. Internet Explorer

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Learn the Net is a Web site containing a complete overview of the Internet, the World Wide Web and the underlying technologies. The site contains information that can help people Internet and Web get novices started.

The W3C homepage is a comprehensive description of the Web and where it is headed. The World Wide Web Consortium is an international joint effort with the goal of overseeing the development of the World Wide Web. The goals of the W3C are divided into categories: User Interface Domain, Tech­nology and Society Domain, Architecture Domain and Web Accessibility Initiatives. For each Inter­net technology with which the W3C is involved, the site provides a description of the technology and its benefits to Web designers, the history of the technology and the future goals of the W3C in devel­oping the technology. Topics discussed on the site include Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), Document Object Model (DOM), multimedia, graphics, Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP), Extensible Markup Language (XML) and Extensible Stylesheet Language (XSL). This site is of great benefit for understanding the standards of the World Wide Web. Each of these topics is discussed (at various levels of depth) in this book.


Altavista is one of the oldest search engines on the Internet. Developed by Digital several years ago, it is a very useful and comprehensive site.

Yahoo is one of the most popular sites on the Web. It serves both as a search engine and a site catalog.

Excite is a newer search engine which is often useful when neither Yahoo or Altavista provide useful search results.

AskJeeves is a search engine which allows users to type their requests in plain English and searches other search engines for the answer. It also catalogs commonly asked questions for faster response times. is a comprehensive site for streaming audio and video. Hundreds of live events are available daily for listening with RealPlayer.

Internet Radio is another site that offers many live broadcasts from radio stations throughout the country, covering a broad range of topics.

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), is the group that makes HTML recommendations. This Web site holds a variety of information about HTML—both its history and its present status.

The HTML 4.0 Specification contains all the nuances and fine points in HTML 4.0.

Harvillo’s Finest HTML Help. This site contains step-by-step instructions for beginners on building a Web page.

This University of Texas at El Paso site contains another guide for simple HTML programming. The site is helpful for beginners, because it focuses on teaching and gives specific examples.

This site gives pointers on techniques that can be used in addition to knowledge of basic HTML tags. The site mainly focuses on frames and tables.

Another page offering advanced tutorials is Adam’s Advanced HTML Page. This page is geared to those looking to master the more advanced techniques of HTML. It includes instructions for creating tables, frames and marquees and other advanced topics.

An excellent resource for creating and maintaining Web pages. This site contains extensive coverage of almost all topics related to creating Web pages and keeping them running. Its clean examples make learning even advanced topics very easy.

3. Paint Shop Pro

Many resources are available on using Paint Shop Pro to create stunning new images for your Web page. To start, check out (Jasc Inc.’s home page) to stay up to date on patches and general information about Paint Shop Pro. The majority of information on the Web, however, is available at user-run sites offering information and tutorials. For example, (Abstract Dimensions) has excel­lent in-depth tutorials, both for Paint Shop Pro beginners and for experts who want to learn new techniques. Another excellent site for tutorials, Paint Shop Pro Tips & Tricks, is locat­ed at If you are looking for more diverse effects than those included in Paint Shop Pro, you can download new filters. PlugIn Com HQ ( is a storehouse of filters and effects, free for download and use. If you plan to develop images, make sure to look at the W3C site about the PNG image format, located at

4. Visual InterDev

If you have trouble using Visual InterDev, the best place to look for support is Microsoft’s site. Located at the Microsoft Visu­al InterDev Home Page has tutorials, samples and articles written by professionals who use InterDev. Another resource, located at visual_interdev.htm,lists a number of major Web sites related to programming with Visual InterDev.

5. JavaScript

JScript is Microsoft’s version of JavaScript—a scripting language that is standardized by the ECMA (European Computer Manufacturer’s Association) as ECMAScript. This site is the home of the stan­dard document for ECMAScript.

The Microsoft Windows Script Technologies page includes an overview of JScript complete with tu­torials, FAQ, demos, tools for download and newsgroups. is an excellent source for tutorials that focus on teaching with detailed explanations and examples. This site is particularly useful for nonprogrammers.

Website Abstraction is devoted to JavaScript with specialized tutorials and many free scripts. This is a good site for beginners, as well as those with experience who are looking for help in a specific area of JavaScript.

This site provides 30 tips for using JavaScript to improve your HTML programming. Tips are divided into the following categories: controlling windows, tips to add fun and functionality, tips to simplify your scripts and tips to master syntax.

The JavaScript Mall provides free scripts, FAQs, tools for web pages and a class in JavaScript. The mall is a helpful resource for web page design. site offers recent and backdated columns containing tips on JavaScript. It also includes nifty tools to aid in JavaScript programming.

This JavaScript Reference explores JavaScript syntax piece by piece. contains an archive of over 2700 scripts to cut and paste and a tutorial section com­prised of 30 demo scripts with explanations.

JavaScript for testing backgrounds by combining colors and textures.

“Cut & Paste” JavaScript Library has more than 300 free scripts! Simply click on the source code to obtain JavaScript buttons, clocks, games, cookies and more.

Here you will find close to 200 free JavaScripts.

6. Cascading Style Sheets

The W3C Cascading Style Sheets, Level 2 specification contains a list of all the CSS properties. The specification is also filled with helpful examples detailing the use of many of the properties.

This site has several charts of CSS properties, including a listing of which browsers support which attributtes, and to what extent.

This site contains the W3C Cascading Style Sheets, Level 1 specification.

The W3C Cascading Style Sheets, Level 2 specification contains a list of all the CSS properties. The specification is also filled with helpful examples detailing the use of many of the properties.

This site has several charts of CSS properties, including a listing of which browsers support which attributtes, and to what extent.

This site contains the W3C Cascading Style Sheets, Level 1 specification.

The Microsoft Universal Data Access Technologies Web site provides information about Microsoft database access strategies and data source objects.

This Web site for the Microsoft Press book for Dynamic HTML in Action, Second Edition (by Eric M. Schurman and William J. Pardi) provides information about Dynamic HTML and Microsoft database access.

7. Multimedia

The Windows Media Web site contains information to help get you started with Microsoft’s streaming media technologies. The site also links you to various software

This is the Windows NT Server site for Windows Media Technologies. This site provides information for the serving of streaming media over the Internet.

The Microsoft Agent Home Page provides you with everything you need to know about programming with Microsoft Agent.

The Microsoft Agent downloads area contains all the software downloads you need to build applica­tions and Web pages that use Microsoft Agent.

The Microsoft Developer Network Downloads home page contains images, audio clips and other free downloads.

This is the Macromedia Home Page. Macromedia specializes in tools for creating multimedia-rich Web sites. Check out this site for 30-day trial versions of their multimedia authoring tools.

The Shockwave Web site contains a wide variety of Web-based games, cartoons and music. The site was created with Macromedia authoring tools.

This site is an example of the power of the Macromedia Flash technology.

The Station is one of the most popular sites on the Internet today. It is loaded with games that use a variety of multimedia techniques. is one of the leading Web sites for streaming media on the World Wide Web. From this site, you can access a variety of live and pre-recorded audio and video. RealNetworks site is the home of RealPlayer—one of the most popular software products for re­ceiving streaming media over the Web. Also, with their RealJukebox, you can download MP3 files and other digital music.

This site provides the details of embedding RealPlayer in a Web page. The site also provides a detailed listing of the methods and events of the RealPlayer.

This site is NASA’s Multimedia Gallery. You can view audio, video, and images from NASA’s explo­ration of space and of our planet.

This Disney site contains streaming video clips from several Disney movies.

This site contains streaming video from past NASA space missions and the Russian Mir space station.

The World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) site promotes design of uni­versally accessible Web sites. This site will help you keep up-to-date with current guidelines and forthcoming standards for Web accessibility.

This site provides links to software for people with disabilities.

Henter-Joyce, Inc. provides software for the blind and visually impaired.

This page contains a consumer guide that discusses technologies for the hearing impaired.

The University of Washingtion’s DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technolo­gy) Program Web site provides information and Web development resources for creating Web sites that are universally accessible.

The WebABLE site contains links to many disability-related Internet resources. The site is geared to development of technologies for people with disabilities.

The Speech Technology Hyperlinks Page has over 500 links to sites related to computer-based speech and speech recognition.

The Micro Consulting Limited site contains shareware speech-synthesis software.

The Chant Web site discusses what speech technology can do for you and how it works. Chant also provides speech-synthesis and speech-recognition software.

The Disney Music Page offers free Disney music in MIDI (.mid) format. MIDI format is particularly useful for embedding sound into a web page and having it play when someone enters onto the site.

The Music Room site has a great variety of MIDI format music.

The Spinner site is an on-line radio station, with many genres from which to choose. Either download the player for your computer, or listen to the music through your browser with the RealPlayer plug-in.

The NetRadio site is another on-line radio station that you can listen to with your browser and the RealPlayer plug-in.

The site is an on-line radio station with music from the 40s through the 90s. The mu­sic on this site can be played through RealPlayer or the Windows Media Player.

The site is an excellent resource for the MP3 audio format. The site offers files, info on the format, hardware info and software info.

CNET is an Internet news group containing a variety of information about today’s hottest computer and Internet topics. This page from the CNET Web site discusses the MP3 format, MP3 encoders and streaming MP3 format audio over the Internet.

The site is the primary reference site for information on the MPEG video format.

Winamp is probably the most popular and well-known player for the MP3 format. Winamp has capa­bilities of allowing you to stream MP3 over the Internet.

SHOUTcast is a streaming audio system. Anyone that has Winamp and a fast Internet connection can broadcast their own net radio!

Here is the official site of the Windows Media Player. Go here to learn all about its capabilities, espe­cially of streaming audio and video over the net.

8. VBScript

The VBScript tutorial contains a short tutorial on VBScript.

The VBScript language reference contains links for constants, keywords, functions, etc.

Visual Basic 6 documentation. Use the Visual Basic 6 documentation to get additional information on functions, constants etc. VBScript is a subset of Visual Basic. scripting051099.asp

This is an article that discusses regular expressions in VBScript. One substantial example is provided at the end of the article.

9. Resources

At the All Electronic Commerce Web site, you will find e-commerce news and general information. The site provides information on security, financial issues, reports, surveys, trends, corporate and product information, marketing news and links to other Web sites. They describe themselves as the “Navigational Hub of Electronic Commerce.”

The Electronic Commerce Guide is a complete resource for e-commerce information including news, product reviews, an “Ask the Experts” section and library.

Cnet is an excellent source for technology news. You will find loads of articles, tutorials, resources and software reviews related to e-commerce.

The Center for Research in Electronic Commerce is a complete resource for e-commerce information. This site includes news, book lists, product information, FAQs, conferences, jobs and links to other e-commerce resources.

Visit the Tandem Web site for information on continuous-availability computing.

Visit the Stratus Web site for information on high-availability and continuous-availability computing.

The Netscape Security Center is an extensive resource for e-commerce security news, products and information.

10. Tutorials

This on-line e-commerce tutorial walks you through the steps of creating an on-line store.

This is a tutorial on Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) from Netscape. There is also a FAQ with links to other SSL-related sites. Electronic_Commerce/

Electronic Commerce from PCWebopedia is an encyclopedia of key e-commerce terms.