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The World Wide Web and How to Get into It

Note: This presentation is from 1995 and has not been updated (except for external updating URLs).

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This page provides the overheads used in a talk and workshop presented by Cynthia A. Lockley to the ACE-NIPS conference at the University of Maryland University College on 14 June 1996. An earlier version of the talk was presented on 12 December 1995 to the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication. The subject is about technical issues associated with the creation and maintenance of home pages on the World Wide Web with an introduction to the basics of HTML, the Internet, and the World Wide Web. A hands-on workshop provides experience with building your own home page using HTML and graphics.

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The workshop gives you hands-on experience for creating an HTML file and previewing it in the browser.

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