Re: HTML Development. ...(was: <HTML BBS>_

Ian S. Graham (
Wed, 8 Nov 95 14:09:59 EST

HyperNews is a great system -- I've written a slightly different system,
called WebNotice, designed for more controlled notice posting -- it doesn't
support news or chat like interaction, but dues support controlled postings to
web bulletin boards, with an option of mailing or posting the notices to
relevant lists or newsgroups. You can have a look at it at:

The source is available (perl 4) ... I can't recall the URL offhand, but
if you go I'm sure there is a linke from
there to a page describing the package.


Ian Graham .......................................
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like a News > What you probably need is HyperNews. I explained it in a previous message. > It allows membership, allowing three levels of security. Public, member, > and wemaster. You can set it to member and wembaster to read and post, and > have only members and webmasters sign up other members. Check it out. You > must be CGI fluent, though, to set it up. > > > >Generic Problem: HTML was developed in the late 1980's to promote seientific > >communictions. In a virtual conference, you need both open conference space > >and some *private* meeting rooms where access is restricted. These private > >rooms are used for preliminary discussions, planning meetings, and other > >discussions where you don't want random people just dropping in. > > > >The privte rooms would have several requirements: > > > > Easy access for participants - i.e. no special client software beyond a Web > >browser. This will be used by scientists - as was the original HTML. > > > > Web browser interface. Uses CGI. > > > Some access control - e.g. E-mail address and a password such as the > >group's > >name. "Locks to keep honest people out" and stats to indicate unauthorized > >admission. > > Uses an email address and a computer generated password. No stats, though. > > > A forum/conference room which allows discussion threads. > > Hierearchical display of threads. > > >Specific problem: The problem was posed by a friend at Princeton University > >who was annyoyed at having missed an important E-mail message about a NSF > >grant proposal because the message was buried in administrative, student, and > >personal E-mail. He would like a simple *private* forum/newsgroup to > >coordinate grant development with collaborative researchers at other > >universities. > > I hope this is what you need. > > Mike > > P.S. If you need live chat, check out WebChat, though that has no security. > I have my own in operation, dedicated to FutureBASIC, at: > > > >