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New Features

New Features

February 2, 1998 - Ann Arbor, MI

Announcing the WebReference Forum! - Join the discussion with our new interactive forum. Talk to our experts, the webmaster, and amongst yourselves. Enjoy! (Note, the current incarnation requires JavaScript) 980204

September 15, 1997 - Ann Arbor, MI

E-commerce Resources - Sell to consumers world-wide through the Internet by setting up your own store. Our new e-commerce section will show you the best places to go for solutions. Our first installment lists payment systems and commerce servers that are available now.

August 20, 1997 - Ann Arbor, MI

Doc JavaScript - A biweekly column on JavaScript by Dr. Yehuda Shiran and Tomer Shiran. Learn how to use the latest features of JavaScript like style sheets, layers, and the new event handlers. The Shirans authored a book on JavaScript, "Learn Advanced JavaScript Programming" published by Wordware. Doc JavaScript is sure to improve a webmaster's JavaScript health. It's just what the doctor ordered.

August 5, 1997 - Ann Arbor, MI

SiteMap - Our newest free service is SiteMap. Outline any site's structure automatically with SiteMap. Subscribe to any page with MailCast to be automatically notified when it changes. SiteMap has already mapped hundreds of popular sites, which you can easily navigate and subscribe to. From Jazz Multimedia.

July 23, 1997 - Ann Arbor, MI

Dynamic HTML Lab - We're excited to announce that Peter Belesis has joined Webreference as our Dynamic HTML expert. With DHTML, users can alter web pages on the fly, without wasting precious bandwidth.

Every other week Dynamic HTML Lab will show how you can add DHTML to your web site, with step by step tutorials, source code, working examples, plus full background materials. After reading the tutorials you will be able to create their own sophisticated client-side, web-based applications while maintaining full backwards compatibility. As the new browsers evolve, so will the column.

Dynamic HTML utilizes the new features of fourth generation browsers (Netscape and Explorer 4) like Cascading Style Sheets, absolute/ relative positioning, downloadable fonts, expanded DOM (Document Object Model) and powerful extensions to their JavaScript engines that glue all them together to allow the creation of full-blown web-based applications.

June 23, 1997 - Ann Arbor, MI

Internet Outlook - We're proud to announce that Richard Wiggins has joined as our new Internet columnist. Wiggins, a noted Internet expert, widely read author, and Internet TV show host, views the Internet from a global perspective, and will share his insights into what works and what doesn't on the Net in his new biweekly column "Internet Outlook." Don't miss the Internet License Plate gallery where he showcases vanity license plates with an Internet theme.

June 18, 1997 - Ann Arbor, MI

People Search - We've partnered with Four11 to bring you a new reference service, People Search. Four11 is the most comprehensive directory on the Web. Think of it as the white pages for the Internet.

May 18, 1997 - Ann Arbor, MI

Validation Services - Check your links and HTML automatically with these robots from NetMechanic.

May 16, 1997 - Ann Arbor, MI

Weekly Newsletter - Announcing the Webreference Update. A weekly email newsletter that will keep you up to date on what's new on webreference, and the Web.

February 24, 1997 - Ann Arbor, MI

3D Animation Workshop - This biweekly tutorial on animating 3D graphics is perfect for artists and designers. It takes a straightforward, visual approach to teaching the principles behind animating 3D graphics for the Web. By Robert Polevoi.

January 1, 1997 - Ann Arbor, MI

Webmaster Services - Try out our new services area for free web site tuneups. Check your links, shrink your graphics, find a job, and more.

December 5, 1996 - Ann Arbor, MI

Dmitry's Design Lab - A monthly column on professional web design by Dmitry Kirsanov, author of Top Ten Web Design Tips and HTML Unleashed. A freelance web designer and technical writer, Dmitry shows how you can use Style Sheets, graphics, and layout to make your pages stand out from the crowd.

November 1, 1996 - Ann Arbor, MI

Media Kit - We've added a media kit with more information about webreference, and consolidated all the information about webreference into an about page.

September 23, 1996 - Ann Arbor, MI

Cool Central - Has spun off into its own domain. This area of webreference became so popular we decided to completely redesign it and add some unique new features (like Cool Site of the Hour, and Nick Click). Cool Central was recently recognized by Netscape as a cool site on their What's Cool page.

September 16, 1996 - Ann Arbor, MI

JavaScript Tip of the Week - Webreference is proud to now be the exclusive host of this fine weekly resource. Keep up with the latest developments and see actual working examples of JavaScript and ActiveX scripts in action. By Nick Heinle.

August 18, 1996 - Ann Arbor, MI

Jobs - Find a job on-line! We've teamed up with CareerSite to give you a confidential way to find a job customized to your qualifications and in your location. Employers can also utilize this service to seek qualified applicants.

August 13, 1996 - Ann Arbor, MI

ROADMAP - Take the award-winning ROADMAP to the Information Superhighway course by Patrick Crispen, famous for his clarity and pesky squirrels. is now an official archive of this beginner's Internet course.

June 13, 1996 - Ann Arbor, MI

Web Headlines - We're happy to announce a new newsfeed partner, ZDNet, to our growing stable of timely, high-quality Web news sources. ZDNet provides thrice daily headline news culled from their many magazines. Our ever-roving robot reporters bring you the latest news and puts it all in one place, Web Headlines. Hmmm, who will he find next. . .

May 19, 1996 - Ann Arbor, MI

Forum - Our new interactive forum is up! Come discuss the latest webmastering techniques, give us your ideas and feedback, share and read about those Photoshop tips, and learn about the latest version of HTML.

May 14, 1996 - Ann Arbor, MI

Site Map - for your navigating pleasure we've added a three-level site map that shows on one page, every area in this site. You can expand or contract the site map to the level of detail you wish.

Apr. 24, 1996 - Ann Arbor, MI

Web Headlines has a new framed layout, a new look, and a new trusty cyberagent. Our exclusive newsbot, which we affectionately call "Fido," automatically fetches news headline pages from our news feed partners and copies them over to our site. Since all the headlines and abstracts are local to our server, you'll see increased speed. Here boy.

Apr. 7, 1996 - Ann Arbor, MI has a new home at Holonet. In addition to increased reliability and improved bandwidth Holonet has many features for webmasters that we plan to use, including an easy to use scripting language. The front page now automatically content negotiates, and creates optimized pages on the fly for table and non-table enabled browsers. The ad banners now randomly rotate from top to bottom.

Feb 21, 1996 - Ann Arbor, MI

Find out how to enhance your web site in the Developer's Corner. We'll periodically give you tips and techniques that you can can use in your own site.

Feb 15, 1996 - Ann Arbor, MI

Our first Cool Central survey is complete. Completely revamped, Cool Central now rates the "of the day" sites by popularity (visitor statistics) and quality of picks.

Feb 9, 1996 - Ann Arbor, MI

Search the WRL from your own site. Copy and paste a few lines of HTML into your own pages and you and your users can search the WRL remotely! Read the search page for more details.

Feb. 4, 1996 - Ann Arbor, MI

For those of you with JavaScript-enabled browsers, you'll notice a scrolling message at the bottom of our Developer's Corner page. This is an example of the power of JavaScript, feel free to copy the code and try it on your own page. Use this code at your own risk, for it is experimental. If the page is left up a while some users may get a dialog box saying "JavaScript out of memory."

Jan. 23, 1996 - Ann Arbor, MI

We've installed the new excite search engine for quick and comprehensive searches of this web space. This powerful yet easy-to-use search engine, courtesy of Architext, offers full-text queries based on concepts or keywords, with relevance rankings on output, automatic summaries, and similar searches.

Jan. 16, 1996 - Ann Arbor, MI

We've added an area devoted to the best web sites that the Net has to offer: Cool Central. We rate the sites that rate the sites. People are starting to think we're cool, check out our awards. For people with older browsers like AOL, or people using Lynx, we've added two new alternate pages.

The WRL is now searchable. A universal, error-checking feedback form was recently added (click on suggest to try it). There are three new areas: yak, lore, and freebies. These should be self-explanatory, but if not, try the button bar. A page called here was added to the table of contents, consolidating all the original content into one area. Be sure to check out the web-related magazines area, the only one of its kind.

Items listed with an * are the best in that area. In most cases there is a direct link to the source. When a site lists a certain category well, and keeps it fresh, there is a direct link to it rather than re-listing everything. This is an example of leveraging other people's work. See the author's article What Makes a Great Web Site for more details.

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Revised: June 8, 1998