WWW FAQ: What newsgroups discuss the Web?


What newsgroups discuss the Web?

You can find information about World Wide Web topics in fifteen distinct newsgroups. They are subdivided for good reasons; use the ONE newsgroup most relevant to your topic, please. Read this FAQ and the newsgroup to look for your answer before you post. Remember that other people pay for their net access as well.

Note that three searchable archives of the www newsgroups are available:

  • Authoring-Related Groups
    comp.infosystems.www.authoring.cgi
    This newsgroup covers discussion of the development of Common Gateway Interface (CGI) scripts as they relate to Web page authoring. Possible subjects include discussion how to handle the results of forms, how to generate images on the fly, and how to put together other interactive Web offerings.
    comp.infosystems.www.authoring.html
    This newsgroup covers discussion of HyperText Markup Language (HTML) as it relates to web page authoring. Possible subjects include HTML editors, formatting tricks, and current and proposed HTML standards.
    comp.infosystems.www.authoring.images
    This newsgroup covers discussion of the creation and editing of images as they relate to web page authoring. Possible subjects include how best to leverage the image-display capabilities of the web and common questions and solutions for putting up imagemaps.
    comp.infosystems.www.authoring.misc
    This newsgroup covers miscellaneous World-Wide Web authoring issues not covered by the other c.i.w.authoring.* groups. Possible subjects include the use of audio and video, etc.
  • Browser software -- related groups
    comp.infosystems.www.browsers.mac
    This newsgroup covers discussion of World-Wide Web browsers for the Macintosh platform. Possible subjects include configuration questions/solutions, external viewers (helper applications), and bug reports.
    comp.infosystems.www.browsers.ms-windows
    This newsgroup covers discussion of World-Wide Web browsers for the MS Windows and NT platforms. Possible subjects include configuration questions/solutions, external viewers (helper applications), and bug reports.
    comp.infosystems.www.browsers.x
    This newsgroup covers discussion of World-Wide Web browsers for the X-Window system. Possible subjects include configuration questions/solutions, external viewers (helper applications), and bug reports.
    comp.infosystems.www.browsers.misc
    This newsgroup covers discussion of World-Wide Web browsers for all other platforms. Possible subjects include configuration questions/solutions, external viewers (helper applications), and bug reports. Platforms included are Amiga, DOS (*not* Windows), VMS, and Unix text-mode.
  • Web Server -- related groups
    comp.infosystems.www.servers.mac
    This newsgroup covers discussion of World-Wide Web servers for the Macintosh (MacOS) platform. Possible subjects include configuration questions/solutions, security issues, directory structure, and bug reports.
    comp.infosystems.www.servers.ms-windows
    This newsgroup covers discussion of World-Wide Web servers for the MS Windows and NT platforms. Possible subjects include configuration questions/solutions, security issues, directory structure, and bug reports.
    comp.infosystems.www.servers.unix
    This newsgroup covers discussion of World-Wide Web servers for Unix platforms. Possible subjects include configuration questions/solutions, security issues, directory structure, and bug reports.
    comp.infosystems.www.servers.misc
    This newsgroup covers discussion of World-Wide Web servers for other platforms, such as Amiga, VMS, and others. Possible subjects include configuration questions/solutions, security issues, directory structure, and bug reports.
  • Other Discussion
    comp.infosystems.www.advocacy
    This newsgroup is for comments, arguments, debates, and discussions about which Web browsers, servers, external viewer programs, and other software is better or worse than any other. Posts should not be crossposted to this group and to any other Web group. However, this group is a good place to direct follow-ups if a thread in another Web group begins to take on a "this program is better than that one" flavor. Possible subjects include: "The web is better than print"; "Netscape is better than anything else"; "CERN httpd kicks butt"; etc.
    comp.infosystems.www.misc
    comp.infosystems.www.misc (unmoderated) provides a forum for general discussion of WWW (World Wide Web)- related topics that are NOT covered by the other newsgroups in the hierarchy. This will likely include discussions of the Web's future, politicking regarding changes in the structure and protocols of the web that affect both clients and servers, et cetera.
  • Announcements
    comp.infosystems.www.announce
    A newsgroup in which new web-related resources can be announced. READ THE GROUP FIRST to find the posting guidelines.
  • Obsolete Newsgroups
    comp.infosystems.www.providers
    This will be removed in July.
    comp.infosystems.www.users
    This will be removed in July.
    comp.infosystems.www
    Removed approximately a year ago. If your site still carries this group, ask your admin to remove it.

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