CSC 107      Fall 2003

Appendix A: Browser Basics

Using a Web Browser

A Web browser is a program for accessing and displaying Web pages. The two most popular Web browsers are Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Netscape's Communicator, both of which are free. While either browser will work fine for viewing most pages, there are some subtle differences that may affect the display of some pages, especially with respect to newer features of the Web. For this class, Internet Explorer is assumed since it is more widely available and somewhat more stable, but you may choose to use Communicator if you wish.

Starting the browser:

Note: when you start the browser, the home page for that computer is automatically loaded. For computers on campus, the home page is most likely the Creighton University page. For your own personal computer, you can change the home page by selecting Internet Options from the Tools menu in IE (or Preferences from the Edit menu in Communicator).

Opening a Web Page

Note: you must be very careful when entering a Web address since any typo will most likely cause the browser to fail in locating the page.

Opening a Local Web Page

Note: when you open a local Web page, the file name is preceded with file:// in the Address box of the browser. This distinguishes the local page from pages loaded over the Web, whose addresses are preceded with http://.

Viewing the Source of a Web Page

Downloading/Saving a Web Page

File Transfers

In order to make a Web page accessible to the world, it must be stored on a computer running special Web server software. For this course, this requires two steps, (1) uploading the file to the public_html directory of your bluejay account, and (2) setting the appropriate protection on the file so that Web browsers can view the page.

Transferring files to Bluejay

The procedure for uploading files to the server is different depending on the browser you are using. Separate instructions are provided below.

Using Internet Explorer:
Using Netscape Communicator:

Making BlueJay Web Pages Accessible