From: Barbara Weimann <72437.2024@CompuServe.COM>
Subject: Which new version of Netscape to d/l?
Date: 19 Aug 96 11:48:38 EDT
Dear Laura, I just visited the Netscape home to d/l the Netscape navigator gold, you recommended. I'm a bit confused. there is a new published version of Netscape 3, and several files available for d/l --- the two I'm deciding about are: Netscape Navigator 3.0 Standard plus components Netscape Navigator 3.0 Gold Beta 6 Standard You said you have Netscape 3 Gold, but according to what I read, that is for people who want to create their own web pages. Supposedly it is the same as the navigator 3, but with this webpage authoring capability. Is that the one you feel I should get, the one you have? Have you been creating your own web page with it? (Anybody else use it for their web page?) If I just get the Net Nav 3.0 Standard plus components version, will I get all the goodies for playing the animations, the shockwave, real audio etc. etc. OR must I get the net nav gold Beta 6 standard version to get all these delightful helper apps? I just tried to view a demo of VRML and was sent to a plugin page which told me I needed a plugin for x-world/x-vrml. They sent me to: VR Scout by CHACO Communications. I didn't get it since I thought it might be in the new Netscape version I d/l. I would kind of like to have my ESL class construct their own web page, but have never done this before. I ran the demo of the GOLD version. They kept talking about creating your own web page for the InTRAnet, not the InTERnet. Here comes a dumb question. By Intranet do they mean a network within a company? Do they mean you can only use this gold webpage authoring capability on a network OR is it for the INTERNET also? Have you used it? Is it easier for a beginner like me, or should I try and learn regular HTML for my first try, so I will have an idea of what something like GOLD is doing if I ever use it? My initial idea was that I should go ahead and get the GOLD Beta 6 standard even if I don't want to author a web page right now, since it SAYS it has all the features of the regular version 3.0 only with the addition to the webpage authoring option. Am I right about this? Decisions, decisions. As you can see, I'm electronically timid. And why bother with all this extra stuff if it's only for a company network anyway. Gee, I kind of feel that if I don't learn how to create a web page, I'll become electronically illiterate. RE: my state of mind at the moment I was just told that I'm getting a new Mexican student who is testing down in the 2 and 3's on the CAT and is classified special ed. (This is high school.) In addition she speaks very little English, almost none. I already have a couple boys who should be classified as learning disabled, but they can't find a child study team to administer all the tests in the students' languages, Farsi and Chinese. One boy is Arabic and one is from mainland China. So if you take VERY learning disabled students and then throw into the mix the fact that they can't speak English either, you can see that I'm going to need the easiest way to do everything this coming year. I keep the 0 English and learning disabled ESL students almost all day within my other classes, since there is no other place for them. I'm not sure how many new students I'll be getting, but I know of one girl from Peru who speaks no English. I knew about her in June. I'll get my new list when I go back. I WILL of course continue having my class participate in PTK and surf the web etc. as I have been doing, so that my Intermediate ESL students can benefit. But I'm also being kicked out of my room for two periods instead of just one this year. AND I'm going to have to teach all the health classes to my ESL students since the LOW ones won't be able to survive in an American health class. That means Sex Ed, First Aid, Driver's ED, and basic Health, four semesters. As I think about it all, I can feel myself getting a little "challenged." Gee, If I can participate in PTK with the class I'm going to have, ANYBODY should be able to do it.<BG> I swear my technological endeavors with my class will NOT suffer. <BG> This is critical stuff IMHO. Uh Oh! this is getting long again. So long for now. I kind of got off track there, I'm ventilating a bit so I don't get a headache. Thanks for listening. I'll d/l my new Netscape version as soon as I hear from you. Thanks in advance. PS. I'm putting this on the discuss list as a test to see if I get it back. Barb Barb