Getting started with WWW


Getting Started

When this page was first written (1992?) peple had only occasionally heard of the web. Many more people had access to FTP and Telnet than a good web browser. Now (1995) one can assume that you can find out about what W3 is from the press and books if you can't read this web. The W3C has stopped providing some of the "bootstrap" services which were necessary initially to spread the word. But the list is still here.

1996: This page is historical interest only


So where can I find information about W3 without actually using it?

Getting Started using telnet

All the information about W3 is on ther web. So how to get started? There are a number of ways. You can browse through all that information by just telnetting to one of the addresses below, or you can pick up information using anonymous FTP. If you want to use telnet, try some of the following. (Log in as www if asked for a user name)
The simplest line mode browser. This server is in Geneva, Switzerland. Service Discontinued
A full screen browser "Lynx" which requires a vt100 terminal. Log in as www. University of Kansas
Log in as www. A full-screen browser at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA.
(or telnet A dual-language Hebrew/English database, with links to the rest of the world. The line mode browser, plus extra features. Log in as www. Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
telnet sun.uakom.cs
Slovakia. Has a slow link, use from nearby.
Hungary. Has a slow link, use from nearby. Login is as www.
(or telnet (FINLAND)
Cornel Law school

Using FTP

Alternatively, you can pick up some information in plain text or postscript form from the anonymous FTP archive on Just FTP to and log in as "anonymous" with for password your mail address user@host.

Change directory (cd) to pub/www/doc, and see what's there (ls command).

Note: Service being moved from CERN to MIT, some disruption possible -- May 1995

There are many browsers available from many sites. You should check the list with a telnet session, email (see below), or a friend's browser.

Using email

If you don't have full Internet connectivity, you can still access W3 through email. Just send a mail to with the body

Tim BL, 1992, ed 5/95