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1. DOC JAVASCRIPT: Internet Explorer 5.0 Preview, Part I 2. HTML WITH STYLE: The Specification is Your Friend 3. E-COMMERCE WATCH: SET for Prime Time 4. NEW LINKS: JavaScript, HTML Validators, Digital Watermarks, Font Resources 5. OTHER VOICES: Liquid Motion Review, JavaScript Tutorial 6. NEW SOFTWARE: Netscape 4.5, Web Painter 3, ProJPEG 3 7. NEW BOOK: Learn Advanced JavaScript Programming 8. NET NEWS: * Jini: Spontaneous Networking * Yang makes Time Magazine cover * Summer Internet World Highlights * Spammers Beware

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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1. DOC JAVASCRIPT: Internet Explorer 5.0 Preview, Part I

The operating theater is open, and Doc JavaScript is up to his elbows in IE5's new JavaScript features. Feel the pulse of Dynamic HTML Behaviors as they come alive in the hands of our master code surgeon, Dr. Yehuda Shiran. 980720


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2. HTML WITH STYLE: The Specification is Your Friend

Which version of HTML should I create pages with? What's that funny tag-like thing with the exclamation mark at the top of every document? The truth is in here. This week you'll learn about browser bugs, the sinister forces behind them, and how to exterminate them. By Stephanos Piperoglou.


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 3. E-COMMERCE WATCH: SET for Prime Time

The Secure Electronic Transaction (SET) standard is making inroads to safer e-commerce. Since its official release in June 97, efforts towards SET's full implementation are occurring at a frenzied pace. Find out how where SET stands in today's marketplace. By Mark Merkow.


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 4. NEW LINKS: JavaScript, HTML Validators, Digital Watermarks, Font Resources

>JavaScript Resources

Young Grasshopper, before you can become a true Master you must learn the Way of JavaScript. I give you these resource to draw upon. Learn them well. http://www.webreference.com/programming/javascript.html

>HTML Validators

I'm okay, you're okay. You're good enough, you're smart enough, and gosh darnit, people like you. But do Web browsers like your HTML? http://www.webreference.com/authoring/languages/html/validation.html

>Digital Watermarks

Submerge yourself in our updated pool of watermarking resources. Protect your online art with digital watermarking software. http://www.webreference.com/multimedia/watermarks.html

>Font Resources

Fe Fi Fo Fum I smell the form of a TrueType font. This way. http://www.webreference.com/authoring/graphics/fonts.html

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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5. OTHER VOICES: Liquid Motion Review, JavaScript Tutorial

>Microsoft's Liquid Motion Review: WebDeveloper.com

Microsoft's new animation tool will enable you to create professional banner animations in no time flat...and they scale themselves down depending on your browser! http://webdeveloper.com/categories/design/design_review_liquid-motion.html

>JavaScript Tutorial for Programmers: WDVL.com

Aimed primarily at programmers this JavaScript tutorial skips the basics and illustrates its syntax and methodology. http://www.wdvl.com/Authoring/JavaScript/Tutorial/

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6. NEW SOFTWARE: Netscape 4.5, Web Painter 3, ProJPEG 3

>Netscape 4.5

Netscape released Communicator 4.5 PR1 this week, and I've been playing with it ever since. I especially like the "What's Related" feature (integrated Alexa), that shows you a list of ten sites related to the one you're visiting, though the sites list didn't always appear. In this early beta the Internet Keyword feature didn't work well, and some complained that it is stealing hits from their sites (Dave Winer of scripting.com complained that "scripting" now goes to Netcenter's page instead of scripting.com like it used to.)

http://www.netscape.com http://www.webreference.com/new/980706.html - Alexa criteria http://www.msnbc.com/news/180773.asp MSNBC.com

>WebPainter 3

This newest version of Hip's easy-to-use Web graphics creation, editing, and optimization tool appears to perform LZW optimization and automatically removes unnecessary frames for tight GIF89a animations. From Totally Hip Software.


>ProJPEG 3.0

A Photoshop API-compatible plug-in, ProJPEG 3 makes optimizing JPEGs for the Web easy, even fun. An interactive dialog shows the effects of various settings (quality, smoothing, better image sampling, huffman code optimization) on the file size, download time, and image quality in real time. Busy Web designers will also like the preset save option for optimizing multiple images.


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7. NEW BOOK: Learn Advanced JavaScript Programming

Our own father and son team, Yehuda and Tomer Shiran, published a book recently on advanced JavaScript programming.

Learn Advanced JavaScript Programming Paperback, 650 Pages Wordware Publishing, $54.95 ISBN: 1556225520

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 8. NET NEWS: Jini, Yang makes Time Magazine cover, Internet World Summer 98, Spammers Beware

>Jini: Spontaneous Networking

Sun Microsystems unveiled last week (and launched a new Web site today) the first consumer version of distributed computing, called Jini (pronounced GEEnee). Jini essentially extends Java and allows people to use network devices and services as easily as plugging in a phone.

A Jini-enabled device, such as a digital camera, would "introduce" itself to the network, telling all of the other devices and computers what capabilities it has and how to access them. Plug it in, and up pops an icon on your monitor to access the camera. Sun calls it "spontaneous networking."

"The essence of Jini is a set of guidelines that enable a federation of Java virtual machines (JVM) to work together to make a more powerful network. Simply put, connect anything at anytime, anywhere."

The promise is "plug and work" simplicity for network devices (hard drives, scanners, printers, smart cards, cell phones, light switches, toasters) all talking to each other, sharing their resources. Ultimately the Net could become the backbone to one giant, worldwide computer that grows organically.


Jini is a thin code header that resides on top of Java apps and enables the network to move application code just as it moves data. As long as a device has a network port, it can communicate, moving Jini-enabled applets across a network.

Jini is both network and OS-independent, so a Solaris-based workstation can communicate with a scanner on a Macintosh with no messy setup involved. Sun hopes Jini will do for the network what Java did for platform independence.

Sun announced the new Jini Web site today, that contains specs, faqs, tutorials, and the buzz at:


Wired ran a cover story on Bill Joy and Jini in their August issue. It includes an interview with Joy, who likes to create "technology dislocations" that enable quantum leaps in innovation.

http://www.wired.com/news/news/technology/story/13744.html http://www.wired.com/news/news/technology/story/13735.html Wired, July 15, 1998

>Yang makes Time Magazine cover

You know the Net's gone mainstream when Net luminaries make the cover of Time magazine (July 20, 1998). Jerry Yang, the cofounder of Yahoo!, is shown surfing through space and products with the caption "Kiss Your Mall Goodbye." The story shows the dramatic effects of disintermediation and highlights some of the Net's richest entrepreneurs.


>Internet World Summer 98

See what you missed at last week's Summer Internet World in Chicago. http://www.internetnews.com/iwlive/summer98/index.html

>Spammers Beware

A Seattle man has collected $200 from a company that violated Washington state's new "anti-spam" law banning unsolicited commercial e-mail that misrepresents its source or providing misleading header information that suggests the material comes from someone else. The law applies only to e-mail received in or sent from Washington state. http://www.sjmercury.com San Jose Mercury News, July 16, 1998

That's it for this week, see you next time.

Andrew King Managing Editor, WebReference.com update@webreference.com

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