Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

It's Time to Update Your Web Browser

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

It's Time to Update Your Web Browser

Article excerpt

If you haven't upgraded your Web browser software lately, you're due for a change.

Browsers allow Internet users to access the World Wide Web, the popular Internet subdivision where companies and individuals publish multimedia "pages" of graphics, text, sound and video clips devoted to everything from world news to pet pictures.

At least that's what browsers used to do. New software that's come on the market in the last several months goes above and beyond the traditional definition of a Web browser. Programs such as Netscape Navigator 2.0 and NSCA Mosaic 2.0 also act as gateways to other Internet services, allowing users to download files, read postings to Internet discussion groups and participate in chat sessions.

Navigator 2.0 (http://www.netscape.com), available in beta form now with commercial release due by year's end, is an even more powerful tool than its predecessor. For starters, Navigator 2.0 handles all the latest HTML codes and then some, displaying background colors, tables, subscripts and frames, which enable one part of a page to move while another part stays the same.

The software organizes bookmarks better than older versions, and lets users read and write e-mail off-line and keep an address book.

Mosaic was the first browser to make it big, and version 2.0 caps an 18-month effort by the University of Illinois' National Center for Supercomputing Applications to improve the original.

Mosaic 2.0 (http://www.ncsa.uiuc.edu/SDG/Software/WinMosaic/HomePage.htm) has two dozen new features, including an advanced hot-list manager, additional help features, a presentation mode that wipes the screen clean of everything but the Web page, and a collaborative mode that lets one Mosaic user bring others onto a Web session.

To use Navigator 2.0, Mosaic 2.0 or other stand-alone Web browser, you'll need a direct Internet account and modem that operates at a minimum of 9,600 bits-per-second. …

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