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  • Browsers and Email Programs
    • Internet Access - Answers to beginner questions about the internet and how to get the best value from your connection.
    • Browsers - General - There is a lot of info relating to browsers and/or email programs is equally applicable regardless of which browser or email program you are using.
    • Internet Explorer and Outlook Express - A selection of useful how-to and reference pages for those using Internet Explorer and/or Outlook Express.
    • Netscape - A selection of useful how-to and reference pages for those using Netscape, Mozilla, Firefox, and/or Thunderbird.
    • Opera - A selection of useful how-to and reference pages for those using Opera.
  • HTML
    • XHTML 5 and 1.0 Reference - A series of pages that describe what tags and tag attributes are available in XHTML 5 as well as XHTML1.0 and 1.1.
    • HTML 5 - What changes does this draft proposal suggest for the future of HTML.
    • XHTML 1.0 Tutorials - A series of pages that introduce the beginner to writing their own XHTML 1.0 code.
    • HTML Hints and Tips - Get the most out of your HTML coding.
    • Solving Web Site Problems - Common problems that people have with web page creation and how to solve them.
    • Web Design - Covering that part of creating your web site before you start coding the HTML..
    • NVU Tutorials - How to set up and use this popular free web editor.
    • Historical HTML - This site has been around for so long that some of the HTML pages describe completely outdated ways to do things. Rather than delete them they have been moved here.
  • Stylesheets
    • CSS Tutorials - A series of pages that that introduce the beginner to writing their own stylesheets.
    • CSS Reference - A series of pages that summarize all of the CSS 2.1 properties.
    • CSS3 Reference - Introducing some of the new CSS 3 properties.
    • CSS How To - How to achieve specific results with CSS.
    • CSS Hints and Tips - Modify your web page appearance using CSS.
    • How to Build a Web Page Template - Step by step creation of a template using HTML and CSS.
    • CSS Tables - The correct way to do layout tables.
    • CSS Forms - How to style form fields using CSS that work in modern browsers and don't break the form in older ones.
  • Javascript
    • Problem Solving - The other half of how to write programs.
    • Basics and Reference - An introduction to adding JavaScript to your web pages plus useful references.
    • Introductory JavaScript Tutorials - A series of tutorials for beginners.
    • Then and Now - Information on how to update your old scripts.
    • Homework Help - Comparing historical and modern answers to typical homework questions.
    • Form Processing - Using JavaScript to validate and manipulate your forms.
    • Date/Time Processing - Date and time manipulation is easy when you build on the Date object.
    • Hints and Tips - JavaScript can manipulate frames, windows, images and much more.
    • Methods - There are a range of functions and methods built into JavaScript that are very useful.
    • Web Page "Protection" - The most effective ways of 'protecting' your web page content and why they don't work.
    • Prebuilt Scripts - You don't have to code all of your JavaScript yourself. Here are some scripts we have written that you can use.
    • Prebuilt Quiz Scripts - These quiz generators make it easy to add quizes to your site.
    • Prebuilt Unobtrusive Scripts - More pre-built scripts. These ones use modern coding techniques to keep the JavaScript completely separate from your HTML and stylesheet.
    • Book Reviews - Compare JavaScript books at a glance.
  • Interactive Web
    • Problem Solving - The other half of how to write programs.
    • Personal Web Site - Share your interests and hobbies with others with your own web presence. These pages will guide to getting started quickly without having to even learn HTML.
    • Bravenet Services - You don't need server side access to use server side scripts, Bravenet host a whole suite of services on their servers that you can use.
    • ISPs and Hosting - Connecting to the Internet and Setting up a Web site.
    • WordPress - How to set up and customise a WordPress site.
    • Learn PHP - A series of tutorials for those who already have some scripting experience.
    • PHP Security - A series of tutorials on how to make your PHP more secure.
    • Using PHP - The most common language available that runs on cheaper web hosting.
    • mySQL - A database to store your data.
    • Prebuilt PHP Scripts - Want server side scripts running on your server but don't want to build them yourself? Here are some that we have built.
    • Other Plugins and Server Side Scripting - Covering plugins and server side languages other than PHP
  • Mainframe
    • Problem Solving - The other half of how to write programs.
    • General - Loads of general information about mainframe computers and structured programming.
    • COBOL - COBOL programming references, tips, and techniques.
    • PL/1 - PL/1 programming references, tips, and techniques.
    • IMS DB/DC/RC - Information about IMS databases, data communications, and recovery.
    • db2 - Information about db2 databases and Structured Query Language.
    • MVS - Writing JCL for the MVS operating System.
    • TSO and ISPF - The command line and panel interfaces.
    • CICS - The interactive online environment for mainframes.
  • PC Software
  • Networking
  • Comms Software
    • FTP - File Transfer Protocol - the standard TCP/IP data communications protocol.
    • XCOM - An alternative data communications protocol from Computer Associates.
    • Netmaster FTS - The data communications protocol on the mainframe.
  • Word Processing
    • Word - The most popular word processing program on the market.
    • Wordperfect - The previous market leader is still around.
    • Star Office - A cheaper alternative that is compatible with Word.
  • Desktop Publishing
    • Pagemaker - Desktop publishing tips and techniques.
    • Acrobat - Publish your work in a portable document format.
  • Graphics
    • General - General information about graphics. Applicable to any graphics program.
    • Photoshop - Tips and techniques for using Photoshop.
    • Paint Shop Pro - Tips and Techniques for using Paint Shop Pro.
  • OS/2
  • Linux
    • Installation - Loads of info on installing Linux.
    • X Windows - Using the graphical interface with Linux.
    • Command Line - Using the Linux command line.
    • Daemons - Running jobs automatically or in the background with Linux daemons.
  • DOS/Windows
  • NT/2000/XP/Vista/7/8
  • Book Reviews
  • Software and Hardware Reviews
  • Links

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