NCSA Mosaic For X

NCSA version 1.2 of Mosaic for X has been installed on departmental computing facilities. The program, named xmosaic, is a networked information discovery, retrieval, and collaboration tool and World Wide Web browsing client developed at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications as a part of NCSA's Mosaic project. The program displays the same sort of information available via www and viola, though with a somewhat different and perhaps more powerful interface. See the July/August 1992 issue of CSE Uptime for more information on these other programs.

While there is no man page for xmosaic, the program has online hypermedia documentation, a frequently asked questions document, and an online tutorial. When you first start xmosaic, you will see the NCSA Mosaic document view window in which will be displayed the Mosaic home page. The home page provides a brief introduction to Mosaic plus hyperlinks to other documents describing the use of the program. In xmosaic, hyperlinks are indicated by highlighted phrases (in color and/or underlined). Single click on any highlighted phrase to follow the link.

The NCSA Mosaic Document View Window

The NCSA Mosaic document view window lets you view a document in the universe of available information on the Internet. The document view window has three main components: the document view menubar, the document view viewing area, and the bottom control panel. An example of the document view window is shown in the accompanying graphic.

The menubar at the top of the document view window provides program control, navigation, and document manipulation functions. At the bottom of the Document View window is a small control panel with a text entry area and a row of buttons. This control panel gives quick access to NCSA Mosaic's searching capabilities and the more common commands that you may wish to access while browsing a set of documents. Most of the document view window is occupied by the viewing area, the area of the window that displays a document and includes scrollbars to allow documents larger than the window to be displayed.

If you haven't used NCSA Mosaic before, you may wish to explore the Mosaic demo document as well as some of the information resources available through the menubar at the top of the document view window. On an almost daily basis, you can also find out what's new with Mosaic and the World Wide Web by following the appropriate hyperlinks.

David Hutches -- CSE Systems Support Group


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