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Help with creating, publicizing, searching for and evaluating web pages; and including help finding people, their e-mail addresses, etc.

This page will show links to sites which provide help to new Internet users, and new Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) users in creating pages (including both theory and preferred styles), guidelines for good HTML practices, publicizing web pages (which implies a knowledge of the search engines and how they work), searching the web generally for interesting sites [and e-mail addresses], and applying critical evaluation of Internet resources. The page has been augmented to also provide searching for people, lost friends, snail-mail addresses, telephone and fax numbers (including yellow and blue pages and toll-free numbers).

See also a page for HELP using Mosaic or Netscape the first few times to search the web. Give your new users this link and save yourself a lot of very elementary questions.

See also a page for Help with E-mail and Mailing Lists for new Internet E-mail Users. Sections include: What is E-mail? Line-length; attachments; signature files; costs, privacy; copying messages and fragments; mailing lists caution; finding and subscribing to mailing lists. Sections also deal with Auto-Responders, Mail Robots, Mirrors. E-mail Zines (Magazines), sending FAXes via E-mail, access to FTP, Archie, Gopher, Veronica, Usenet, WAIS, Finger, Whois, and even the World-Wide Web (all via e-mail).

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Help Everyone Learn About the
        Information Age. - Help for those new to the Internet:

  1. An excellent (though longer) Introduction to the Internet (98 Kb) is contained in the Appeals Court decision overturning the CDA on June 12th, 1996.
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Help Everyone Learn About the Information Age. - Help in Creating Web Pages:

  1.  Safe Stars (about) has posted A Beginnerís Guide to Computer Programming and Web Development which contains very helpful information (along with links to more complete details) on getting started with HTML and other web development tools. Our thanks to Sandra for this tip.
     
    Hosting Facts (about) also posts a helpful page: "Web Development & Design 101 - an Introduction to web development & design in 8 chapters." They take a neutral approach to answering three questions: (1) "Whatís the purpose of having a website? Does everyone really need one? (2) If so, how do you build a quality website? Or in other words, how do you learn basic web development and design that would allow you to build that quality website yourself? And (3) More importantly, can you build a quality website on your FIRST try? Or do you need years of experience behind you, before you can hope for any result above dreadful?" A worthwhile read while you are considering your creative endeavor.
     
    Vodien (their blog topics) in Singapore posts "Learning Computer Language: HTML Resource," which provides a good introduction for those wanting to learn more about the hypertext markup language (HTML) used to create and maintain most web pages. I found their article helpful in that it started at the beginning. They include links for further study such as: HTML Tags for Beginners, Global Structure of an HTML Document, Learn Basic HTML and Structure of an HTML Document. SafeKidsUsa suggested this listing. Thanks for the tip.
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  3. Eric Tilton's page "Composing Good HTML," particularly its section "Document Style Considerations" provides some interesting insights about the use of HTML to provide a device-independent way of describing information. Tilton emphasizes the importance of marking up a document so that your information is labeled as what it is instead of as how it should be displayed. Paradoxically, the page does not have a table of contents (!).
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  5. Our "Web Page Style Standards, Guidelines and Suggestions" page describes something of writing for the Information Age, and may be helpful for those preparing web pages for the first time, especially when done in behalf of a government agency, or other public information source.
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  7. Another extensive site for web developers and authors is Andrew King's Webreference site, including news, articles, services and more.
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  9. The World-Wide Web home page (9 Kb) provides an index to Specifications and Development Areas for HTML, a general section on web software and other interesting stops.
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  11. Jakob Nielsen has some terse advice for writing for the Web: "Be Succinct! (Writing for the Web)." He adds other insights about nested headings, and writing in "coherent chunks," too. [See also: Alertbox (Jakob's bi-weekly column on Web usability)].
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  13. Jakob Nielsen also has some very good advice about Cascading Style Sheets. His paper "Effective Use of Style Sheets" describes a few dos and don'ts and provides links to related resources. [See also: Alertbox (Jakob's bi-weekly column on Web usability)].
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  15. WebReference.Com offers an index of several dozen guides and guidelines on authoring.
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  17. The Yahoo Best of the Web in Web Design and Development contains lists of web sites in various categories which several thousand web users thought were the best they had encountered. There are some interesting sites that are probably good examples to follow; and the best navigational-aid sites might help directly if you are having trouble in your searches.
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Help Everyone Learn About the
        Information Age. - Help in Publicizing Web Pages:

As you contemplate publicizing your web pages, be aware that there are always people who will use your web pages for other than the purposes you intend. When I was first doing this, I made the mistake of providing a new page's URL to a service that said: "submit your page to dozens and dozens of search engines HERE." I didn't see any evidence that the page was subsequently submitted to even a few search engines; but I did notice that I started to receive dozens and dozens of spam e-mail messages right away. Apparently, the URL had been used to harvest the feedback e-mail addresses and sell them to spammers. I have not found that problem with sending my URLs to the reputable search engines (see searching, below).
  1. The Web Diner site posts Tips for Publicizing Your Web Site with some suggestions about how to configure and announce your web page.
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  3. Publicizing your Site - For Dummies provides helpful hints for beginners.
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  5. Here is GoogleGuide's blurb on Improving Your Page Rank, with lots of related categories.
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  7. Most search engines have one-page-at- a-time submission forms for new web pages.
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Help Everyone Learn About the
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Help Everyone Learn About the
        Information Age. - Help in Searching for E-mail Addresses:

... and Telephone Numbers and Snail-mail Addresses,

... and People, and Lost Friends, etc.

  1. InfoSpace is claiming to be the "most comprehensive " place to search out names, telephone numbers and snail-mail addresses. To locate phone numbers and addresses of people in Canada, try People Finder [cookies (cookie caution)].
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  3. MIT's "Usenet Addresses" site allows you to search a database of e-mail addresses and names which have been culled from usenet traffic in the past. It seems fairly quick and complete.
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  5. The USA People Search page (How to Find Someone's E-mail Address) seems pretty good, too, with its own suggestions.
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  7. Yahoo has inaugurated a "People Search" [cookies (cookie caution)] web site where you can search for snail-mail addresses and telephone numbers by name. Conversely, if you have a telephone number, you can search for the name of the person who has that number. The information is complied from white pages information and other publicly-available information sources through Database America. So far as I can tell, the names, addresses and phone numbers are presently only in the U.S.
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Title: HTML; Hypertext Markup Language; HTML Theory and Practice; Help; Getting Started with Creating your own Web pages; Searching the Web; Publishing on the Web; Publicizing your web site; Searching for E-mail addresses; Critical Evaluation of Internet Resources; Searching for snail-mail addresses, telephone and fax numbers.
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