Aim of this Document
This handbook, Running A World-Wide Web Service, has been funded
by the Advisory Group On Computer Graphics (AGOCG) through the Support
Initiative for Multimedia Applications (SIMA) to provide support for UK
academic institutions who wish to run a World-Wide Web service. The objectives
of the document are to provide the reader with:
The handbook also gives a number of examples of the use of WWW in the following
- An understanding of the history of the World-Wide Web (WWW).
- Examples of how WWW is currently being used in a number of areas.
- An understanding of the role of a WWW browser and examples of some of the
- An understanding of the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and examples of
popular HTML authoring tools, document converters and quality tools.
- An understanding of the use of graphics on WWW and a review of some of the
popular graphical tools.
- Examples of some of the popular searching tools which are available on WWW and
a review of some of the popular indexing tools.
- An overview of WWW server software and a review of the main functions
carried out by a server.
- Examples of extensions to the basic WWW architecture, including the use of
external browsers, running client-side and server-side applications.
- An awareness of the legal and ethical aspects of providing a WWW service.
The handbook also provides pointers to a variety of sources of further
- Campus (or community) wide information systems (CWIS).
- Teaching and learning.
- Books and magazines about WWW.
- WWW mailing lists.
- WWW resources.
- National UK WWW services.
This document is intended primarily for the UK academic community. It
should be suitable for computing service or administrative staff responsible
for managing a World-Wide Web service, and for academic staff who wish to run a