The Web Design Group

Section 0: Preamble

NOTE: the numbering in this document is automatically generated by my
posting software, and will change between postings if new questions are
added (as _may_ happen when I see - or someone contributes - a FAQ I've
previously overlooked :-)

0.1: Changes

Last Modified: April 2000.  General minor updates.  Also deleted
"where to get" section, which was hopelessly outdated.

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0.2: Notice and Disclaimer

Copyright 1996-2000 Nick Kew.

You are free to copy or distribute this document in whole or in part
for any purpose and on any medium you choose, provided you include
this notice and disclaimer in full.

Disclaimer: This information is offered in good faith and in the hope
that it may be of use, but is not guaranteed to be correct, up to date
or suitable for any particular purpose.   The author accepts no liability
in respect of this information or its use.

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0.3: Where to get this document

The official homes of this document on the Web are now

NOTE - If you want to mirror the FAQ on your WWW site on a
publicly-visible server, please make sure you keep it up-to-date.

Other known sources are:

(1) USENET: posted to newsgroups				(TEXT)

(2) RTFM and mirror sites					(TEXT)

(3) RTFM WWW mirror sites, including			(Partial HTML)
	Europe - 
	America -

(4) By EMAIL from the FAQserver at RTFM 			(TEXT)
	Send email to with
		send usenet/news.answers/www/cgi-faq
	in the body of your message

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0.4: How to contribute to this document?

I have removed the InterFAQ from this answer, as it has become
clear that people prefer the familiar approach of emailing me
to that of contributing via the web, and (in turn) the InterFAQ
contents has not been maintained for some time.  Thomas Boutell
has since introduced a somewhat similar project, the OpenFAQ.

Just mail me.  ( )

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0.5: Can I email the author my questions?

Please don't.  Post them to an appropriate newsgroup, where they'll
be seen and possibly answered by a whole lot more people than just me.
And remember: bad (or incoherent) questions get bad answers, so think
carefully before posting.

If you have an actual programming job to do, I might be interested
However, I am unlikely to be interested in jobs below $1000.

If you think something already in the FAQ needs clarifying, feel free
to mail me: don't expect a personal reply, but I *might* add
something to the answer in question, so check the next posting (or three).

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0.6: What's up with posting to comp.infosystems.www.authoring.cgi?

This is now a moderated newsgroup.   The moderator is a bot run by
Thomas Boutell ( ).   The charter for
moderation is as follows:

  This newsgroup is self-moderated.  Your first posting will not appear
  until you have read and responded to an automatic welcome mailing, at
  which point your posting will appear with no further delay.  Provision
  will also be made to automatically approve first postings that contain
  a header requesting this.  Subsequent postings are approved

If posting normally doesn't work - as could be the case if your
newsfeed has trouble with moderated groups - you can post articles
by emailing them to:
Provided the return address in your mail is correct, you will then
receive precise instructions for having your post(s) automatically approved.

Alternative means of posting are detailed in the WWW FAQ, posted
regularly by Thomas Boutell.

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0.7: Credits

This FAQ was written by Nick Kew, and has been considerably improved
with the help of comments and criticisms, newsgroup posts and
miscellaneous suggestions from correspondents including
Nathan Neulinger, Maurice L. Marvin, Matthew Healy, Alan J. Flavell,
Don Libes, Alain Deckers, David S. Jackson, J.M. Ivler, and no doubt
others I've forgotten to credit (please remind me if necessary).

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