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How to use Netscape Navigator ver 3.0 Gold
By Harold Eddleman, Ph. D.
Before you try this tutorial, create a directory (folder) on your hard disk called "AAMYSITE". You can put it on any drive, even drive A: which is a diskette drive. In this tutorial, I shall assume AAMYSITE is on hard drive C.
Mosaic was the first graphical browser. However, Netscape has become the leading browser used by professonials because it has pioneered new methods. You can obtain a free download for unlimited evaluation from your ISP, directly from Netscape, or many other sites. While this tutorial was written for Netscape Navigator 3.0 Gold, many of the keystokes are standard for DOS and Windows and may work with other browsers. Many ISPs include a licensed copy of Navigator in your access fees. The download includes HELP, and if you want a printed manual you can buy it at any computer store or directly from Netscape. You can work nicely without the manual.
You may start writing a page with a blank screen by clicking file; then new document. A beginner will find it useful to look at a sample program first. Therefore, I suggest you browse to A Simple Page after you have made a directory called aamysite.
I assume you have made a directory (folder) called "aamysite" and you now have "A Simple Page" in browser mode. Now press these three keys in this order (alt-f-a). I suggest you save "A Simple Page" as "tempage" when you are prompted. You have now saved "A Simple Page" as "tempage.htm. You are still in the browser mode. You now have a directory called c:\aamysite and it contains a single file named "tempage.htm". The fact is you have created your own website. If that seems to simple to be true you can prove it by unplugging the phone line and browsing to aamysite and running tempage.htm. while you are still in browser mode. We named the file tempage.htm because we are going to use it as a template for new pages until you generate a new improved template which you should name "tempage1.htm".
Now click on Edit (the pen icon). You should now be in the Netscape Editor. If there is a red rule across the bottom of the toolbar, at the top of the text area, then you are in editor. In the text-editing space you should see "A Simple Page". If you don't see it. Click File on the white bar. Then click Open file and browse to C:\aamysite and click on tempage.htm. Now you have tempage.htm in the edit mode and the top of the screen reads: Netscape Editor - [A simple page :file://C|/aamysite/tempage.htm]. I assume the background color of the screen is gray. Now rename this as "junk1.htm" by press alt-s-a and typing in "junk1.htm". After you pressed enter, notice that the name at the top of your screen has changed to junk1.htm. Your tempage.htm is safe we can now edit junk1.htm without fear of damaging you tempage.htm.
Click on Properties in the the white bar. Then click document and you will see you have the options of changing many document properties. Click on Appearance. Change the background color of the screen by clicking Background or pressing the key B. The color chart appears and you click on "white" and then on OK. The background changes to white. I like gray as the best easy to read backgound for text--just as netscape's research has shown. For colorful graphics I like white. I used white on this tutorial because I planned to use several colors.
The tutorial will be continued when I have time. Harold Eddleman
Netscape Navigator, commonly called Netscape, is a 5 mb download, used requires:
Control Z deletes all you just typed.
Control H is history
This page is for folks who have an interest in the WEB, but have not had an opportunity to see it on a computer. Lets begin with hypertext. Hypertext is a concept of linking some text with other text. Let us suppose you are reading a small book about fruit and the first paragraph mentions apple, pearXXXxXxX###, peach, orange, papaya, peach, qamquat, quince, and numerous other edible fruit. Suppose you have heard of quince jelly which is usually green and you would like to immediately learn about this fruit. You might turn to the glossary and get a definition. You might turn to the pages of colored photos of the fruit at the center of the book. You might turn to the Chapter on quince. You might turn to the index to find all the pages about quince. You might still wonder why quince jelly is always(?) green and turn to the chapter on jelly making and learn that green food coloring is commonly added to quince jelly. You might begin wondering if you could grow quince fruit and plan to go to Library soon as possible to find books containing information on quince trees and their care. Hypertext is simply a way to link text using a computer.
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