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WebNews User's Manual

Briefly . . .

To use WebNews, point your World Wide Web browser at the appropriate URL such as:

http://nice.co.nz/cgi-bin/webnews.cgi

Having done this, enter your Username and Password to login and read and post news. It's that simple but for more details read on...


Manual Contents:

For quickly getting started...

  1. How can I get my NEWS?
  2. How do I login?
  3. How do I read and post news?

For more details...

  1. WebNews Overview
  2. The Login Page
  3. Group List Page
  4. Article List Page
  5. Article Page
  6. Posting a News Article
  7. Spell Checking News Articles
  8. Searching
  9. User Configuration

Notes on using these manual pages:

This User Manual guides you through the various pages of WebNews, noting the functions of all of the Buttons, Links *, Check Boxes and Text Fields that you will find on them. In addition to normal links (for related information) there are glossary definitions for many of the technical terms and acronyms. These glossary definition links are shown like this: server *

New users in particular should find these links to the NetWin Glossary helpful.

For the experts who are just skimming, red text will generally contain interesting tips on how to get the most out of WebNews. Also, see the Technical Details section.

If you are new to WebNews you should still read the parts in red text but don't worry if you don't understand them immediately.


1: How can I get my NEWS?

Here is the instant three step guide...

1. Start your web browser  - e.g. Netscape, Internet Explorer etc.
2. Point it at the WebNews page - your Internet Service Provider (ISP) or Computer Department will have told you the URL to use, e.g. http://nice.co.com/cgi-bin/webnews.cgi.
3. Depending on how WebNews is setup, you will probably see a login page. If so, enter your username and password
(then click the 'Login' button)
- again, you will probably have been given a username and password to use.
Bingo - you're at your new group list!

For more detailed information please read through the next few sections.


2: How do I login?

Before you can use WebNews you need to login. On some systems WebNews will be setup to automatically log you in, using cookies.

To login to WebNews you must first supply a username and password. The username and password are checked against various authentication methods. For more details on the different styles of authentication, see authentication

The News Administrator will have assigned a default NEWS server for use with WebNews. So, as a user, as long as you have used the correct URL* in your web browser you will be automatically logged in to the correct location.

You do not have to enter anything in the 'Enter Host' box, if one is present.


3: How do I read and post news?

Once you have logged in to WebNews correctly, you will be presented with the News Groups. This is a list of all the news groups available to you on the NEWS server. WebNews allows you to select a news group and read their articles.

If you return to the group page later just click on the Group List icon to return to this list.

In order to send an article you should first locate the group to whom you wish to post news. Once you are viewing the articles, select the Post button on this page. After this, fill in the various fields on the Create an Article page which will appear, and click the Send Message button.


4: WebNews Overview

WebNews is a web-news gateway which allows you to read and process your news from a web browser running on any machine with access to the internet ( or your intranet ). It is a fully featured news client package which provides facilities to read news, and to send and view attachments.

WebNews uses the NEWS protocol and talks to a NEWS server so that your messages are left on the server. You can see and manipulate all the same news and news groups which can be accessed from a standard NEWS client, but from any web browser anywhere on the net.


5: Login Page

Some systems log you in automatically using a temporary account, others display the login page first. If you are using a temporary account you are able to login into the system using the login button on the menubar.

The login screen will display some or all of the below:

Username:  
Password:
   
Host:  

Logging into WebNews allows you to keep your user settings from session to session.

You do not have to fill in the 'Host' text field. Your system administrator will have setup local accounts to connect to, with the username and password that you supply. If, however, you wish to connect using your own EMail account, you will need to specify your POP/IMAP server and then enter your details there.

Your Internet Service Provider (ISP) or Computer Department should have told you which username to use and hopefully which password too. If they haven't, you will need to contact them before proceeding. If you haven't been given a special username and password for WebNews then your normal email client username and password should work.


6: Group List Page

When you first login or when you click on the 'Group List' button, you will be presented with the following page layout:

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Choose your news group

    A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
    Back Page 1 of 1 Search
  1. alt (4010 groups)
  2. bionet (98 groups)
  3. biz (44 groups)
  4. brian (3 items)
  5. clari (442 groups)
  6. control (4 groups)
  7. gnu (40 groups)
  8. k12 (43 groups)
  9. misc (137 groups)
  10. news (30 groups)
  11. rec (724 groups)
  12. sci (207 groups)
  13. soc (267 groups)
  14. talk (30 groups)
  15. Back Page 1 of 1 Search
    A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Display news groups (1)

rec.humor
Number Subject From Date
176342 --------- Re: Invention of the Century - what's your pick? [3] (Gaven Miller) Yesterday
176396 ------------ Re: Invention of the Century - what's your pick? [4] (Nelly) Yesterday
176418 --------------- Re: Invention of the Century - what's your pick? [5] unknown@161.29.2.41 TODAY

WebNews v1.0a Copyright NetWin Ltd

The top two frames will remain on display as you move throughout WebNews. The descriptions below show what the 4 lefthand most buttons are used for.

Group List
This will return WebNews to the page displayed above at any time.

Search Group
This will take you to the search options, allowing you to do a quick search for the news group which you are interested in reading.

Set Options
This will display the user option screen, allowing you to change some of the user settings.

Logout
This will logout the user. This is sometimes replaced with a Login button, which will display the login page.

The top right frame is a quick search allowing quicker navigation in order to locate the news group which you are interested in.

The bottom frame will change depending on where you are currently located in WebNews. Currently this is displaying:

Quick Search   (
A B ... D
)
This allows you to find the News Groups which you are looking for quickly. Clicking on a letter will cause only news groups that start with that letter to be displayed.
Pages   (
)
If there is more than 1 page to be displayed, you will see something similar to the above image, where clicking on a number will take you to that page. Clicking on the left and right arrows also changes the page.

Part Group    ( rec (724 groups) ,   rec.arts (120 groups) )
Items in the list which display the word 'groups' in brackets (see above) have the number of groups displayed inside this group name. Clicking on one of these links will cause the part groups and news groups which are in this part group to be displayed.

News Group    ( rec.humor (870 items) )
This is a complete news group which displays the number of articles that are currently available. Clicking on one of these links will cause the articles of this news group to be displayed.

Display news groups   (
rec.humor
Number Subject From Date
)
This section will display 0 or more News Groups which have been selected to be displayed. It will only display  today's and yesterdays news, so that you can see at a glance whether there is any new news.
Clicking on the New Groups name will cause the all of the available articles of that news group to be displayed.
If you click on an article, that article will be displayed.

7: Article List Page

Once you have selected a news group you will be shown the list of articles available. The page will look like the following:

Items in rec.humor

Post Search Page 1 of 15 Latest Items

Add to Group List

Number Subject From Date
176342 --------- Re: Invention of the Century - what's your pick? [3] (Gaven Miller) Yesterday
176396 ------------ Re: Invention of the Century - what's your pick? [4] (Nelly) Yesterday
176418 --------------- Re: Invention of the Century - what's your pick? [5] unknown@161.29.2.41 TODAY
176339 Ziggy's Joke o' the day (Thu, 07 Oct 1999) [0] (Steve Siegfried) 10/7/99
175052 Joke [0] "Ray Stickney" 9/11/99
175051 Joke [0] "Ray Stickney" 9/11/99
175097 --- Re: Joke [1] (Timo Salmi) 9/12/99
175093 --- Re: Joke [1] "johnboy" 9/12/99
175120 ------ Re: Joke [2] (William J. Evans; mail protected by spamgard{tm}) Yesterday
175146 --- Re: Joke [1] Albert van Reenen 9/13/99
175582 --- Re: Joke [1] (vhenlseyintroyva) 9/26/99
175656 --- Re: Joke [1] (Zevra and his little green guy) Yesterday
175458 Ziggy's Joke o' the day (Thu, 23 Sep 1999) [0] (Steve Siegfried) 9/23/99
175491 --- Re: Ziggy's Joke [1] Frank Walton 9/24/99
175575 --- Re: Ziggy's Joke [1] (Indult1962) 9/25/99
175577 ------ Re: Ziggy's Joke [2] Frank Walton TODAY
176407 --- Re: Ziggy's Joke o' the day (Thu, 07 Oct 1999) [1] (just kiddin) 10/7/99
...

...

... ...
Post Search Page 1 of 15 Latest Items

Post    ( Post )
This allows you to create a new news article to post to this news group.

Search    ( Search )
This allows you to do a search within this news group or on an article name and/or author. This is used to search quickly through the articles.

Latest Items   ( Latest Items )
This forces WebNews to download the latest news articles for this group. The administration may have setup restrictions which only allow you to download a maximum of every minute or so. Therefore, there may be a time delay in seeing new news articles.

Group List    ( Add to Group List )
This adds the news group to the list of News groups which the user can quickly get to. This list can easily be seen on the user option page.

Pages   (
)
If there is more than 1 page to be displayed, you will see something similar to the above, where clicking on a number will take you to that page. You may also click on the left and righthand arrows to change the page.
Display Articles   (
Number Subject From Date
)
This displays the new articles.Clicking on the article will cause the article to be displayed.

8: Article Page

A news article which you select, will be displayed in the following page layout:

Group: rec.humor
Subject: Re: Invention of the Century - what's your pick?
Date: Thu, 07 Oct 1999 20:04:52 GMT
From: w@x.y.z
News Groups: nz.general,rec.humor
>> >The "Y2K bug" scam.
>> >
>> >It's made me millions...
>> >
>> >[:-)
>
>> You won't mind sharing then :-D
>
>Certainly. Which Y2K scam would you like to buy?

Up front and cheeky here, I mean't sharing your money not the
merchandise.  :-)
Raw
Headers
Variable width font
Inline Images
Enable Attach HTML Scripts, Forms, Applets

Previous Item    ( Previous Item )
This moves to the previous article.

Next Item    ( Next Item )
This views the next article in this group.

Reply   ( Reply )
This creates a new news article in reply to the article.

Latest Items   ( Latest Items )
This forces WebNews to download the latest news articles for this group. The administration may have setup restrictions so that you may only download a maximum of every minute or so. Therefore, there may be a time delay in seeing new news articles.

Search    ( Search )
This allows you to do a search within this news group on an article name and/or author. It is used to search through the articles quickly.

View Style    ( )
This will change the view style of the current Article. There are 5 different checkboxes which have different effects on the displayed article.
Raw - This forces the article to be displayed in the actual form stored on the NEWS server.
Headers - This displays all the Article's headers.
Variable width font - This displays the text in a variable width font instead of a fixed width font.
Inline Images - This forces text, html and image's attachments to be viewed.
Enable html scripts,
forms and applets
- This stops the CGI from automatically removing the scripts, forms and applets.

9: How to post a News Article

When you are posting a new news article or replying to a existing article you will see the following screen:

Newsgroup: rec.humor

From: (Give EMail address, e.g. you@your.domain)
Attach:
Subject:
Please enter your message text here: (press enter at the end of each line)
Send Message ( )
When clicked, this will send the new article and post it to the news server.
Check Spelling ( )
When clicked, this will check the body of the message for spelling. Attachments files will not be preserved.

10: Spell Checking News Article's

When you are spell checking a news article before you send post to the news server you will see the following screen:

Newsgroup: rec.humor

From:
Attach:
Subject:

Original Message

I found 2/12 lines with errors where 2 words
are not in my dictionary

Edit Personal Dictionary
> > >It's made me millons...


> > Certinly. Which Y2K would you like to buy?

The above example has two spelling errors- 'millions' and 'Certainly'. When deciding to change a word you simply click on it, and the following browser window will be displayed:

Correcting 'millions'

As you can see the CGI gives suggestions  which may be selected from. You may also add words to your personal dictionary.


11: Searching

The purpose of the search function is to assist in locating news groups or articles which you are looking for. There are 3 different searching methods:

(1) Search for Group

News Group Search

News groups containing: eg. *humor*, rec.*.net

Advanced Search


Group Search Results for '*humor*'

Page up Page down
Group Name Messages
alt.humor.puns 0
rec.humor 1485
rec.humor.d 2
rec.humor.funny 1
rec.humor.jewish 1
rec.humor.oracle 1
Page up Page down

(2) Search for Article

Article Search in rec.humor

Subject:
Author:
Page up Page down
rec.humor
Number Subject From Date
176342 ---------Re: Invention of the Century - what's your pick? [3] gmiller@inca.co.nz (Gaven Miller) Yesterday
176396 ------------Re: Invention of the Century - what's your pick? [4] xbogsnog@xhug.co.nz (Nelly) Yesterday
176418 ---------------Re: Invention of the Century - what's your pick? [5] unknown@161.29.2.41 TODAY
Page up Page down

(3) Do an Advance Search

News groups containing: eg. *humor*, rec.*.net
Subject:
Author:

The advance search is like a combined News Group search and Article search.


12: User Configuration

The user configuration screen can be seen below:

Configuration Options

Your Name:
Reply address:
Cookie Login:
Signature File

Selected Groups

Del Name View
rec.humor

Cookie Login
When this is ticked, a cookie will be sent and stored on your machin. This will allow an automatic login when you enter the correct URL of WebNews, and saves you from having to go through the login screen.

Signature
The signature file can be attached to all News articles sent.

Selected Groups
These are groups which have been selected for frequent use. You can click on a group name to view it's new articles. When the tick box to the right called 'View' is ticked, the latest news articles of that group are displayed on the groups list page.


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