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But "there is no such thing . . ." If you are using the Internet, there are costs and someone is paying them. You may subscribe to an Internet access provider, or a Web provider. Or maybe your university or company picks up those costs.
You might also choose to work with a Tutor, who should be paid [well!] for his or her time.
Browsers usually give you a way to read the underlying file, and to save it as a file you can edit. Netscape 1.0 [Mac], for example, gives you two ways to do this. The menu item View:Source will present you with a version of the 'source' code (the text of LWFAQ.html in this case) in your word processor of choice, which you can save and edit. The menu item File:Save As ... generates a dialogue box with a pop-up menu offering you the choice of saving as 'Text' or saving as 'Source'; 'Text' is the print which you see, without formatting or styles; 'Source' is the underlying file with the format instructions as well as the text. Save as 'Source' and you can later open it (File:Open File ...) and see the browsed version, from which you can do a View:Source to see and save the underlying 'html' version.
On the other hand, Topics and Pathways are meant to look very much like University reading lists. In LearnWorld, and in universities, people are striving to represent complex affairs in clear language and managable pieces. A reading list from a university course can be readily adapted to the Topic and Pathway structure of LearnWorld.
In fact, LearnWorld gives college and university faculty a way to 'publish' their choices about what work in their field most merits study. If a teacher wants to propose some books and articles but only with an accompanying critique, it can be installed directly into the Topic page, or a link can be made to it.
For example, for each paper a Text Page and an Author Page could be lodged. The "panel" would take the form of a Topic. Several panels--in fact, the entire Conference--could be organized in a Pathway. Reviewers could submit their critiques as Reviews. All this could be done even if the Conference organizers were planning an actual face-to-face meeting of hundreds of people: instead of "listening to the papers" participants could discuss the Texts in sessions both prepared and spontaneous.
Archived sets are available in the following versions:
If you have a Web presence, and especially if you are authoring a Topic Page or Pathway Page, or are a Tutor, you can make full sets available by placing archives in the folder or directory in which your work is accessed. To keep a set for redistribution, disable any automatic conversion of incoming files which you may have set.
If you have a Web presence, you are free to make the entire set available: just observe the conditions for commercial-free distribution.
This FAQ is maintained by Bruce D. Larkin, and I can be reached by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
LearnWorld is © 1995, 1996 Bruce D. Larkin and Helen Kruse Larkin. We can be reached through our home page by email: email@example.com. A full statement of the terms and conditions for use of this template appears at the bottom of the Welcome Page and in the 'source' version of this page.
Template set issued 95.11.01. We recommend updating all templates issued prior to 95.11.01. This template last revised: 96.12.26.