WWW browser for MS-Windows: Beta release

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Subject: WWW browser for MS-Windows: Beta release
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From: Thomas R. Bruce <trb2@cornell.edu>
Date: Tue, 8 Jun 93 22:00:52 GMT-1:00
Organization: Legal Information Institute
 
(Cross-posted to many lists and groups.  Please forgive necessary
 
duplications)
 
Folks:
 
This is an announcement of Beta Release 0.1 of Cello, a
 
World-Wide Web browser for Microsoft Windows 3.1
 
Features:
 
-- (HTTP/HTML) browser, with user-configurable colors  and fonts.
-- Full-featured Gopher (though unfortunately not yet Gopher+)
 
client, including a hyper-ized CSO which permits (sorta dumb)
 
SMTP mailing.
-- Transparent access (via WWW) to FTP, HyTelNet, Telnet, etc.
 
etc. ad infinitum.
-- Graphics and PostScript viewing and sound playing via
 
MSWindows Associations...feature, using add-on, shareware
 
viewers such as SNDTOOL, GV057, and the Windows version of
 
GhostScript.
-- Ad-hoc Telnet, FTP, and Gopher sessions.
 
-- SLIP/PPP support with dialup scripting language.
 
-- Supports wide range of LAN configurations via Distinct
 
TCP/IP runtime stack.
 
     Things you should know:
 
-- Hardware:
Cello needs a Windows 3.1-capable machine with enhanced mode
 
and (preferably) swapping enabled.  It is hungry for extended RAM.
 
-- Software:
Cello depends (for now...we're working on a Winsock version) on the
 
Distinct TCP/IP runtime stack.  The LII has licensed the use of a
 
runtime version of this software for use by US academic institutions
 
for a period of one year, starting June 1, after which we will
 
renegotiate the license.  Commercial organizations and non-academic
 
users are strongly urged to contact Distinct directly at
 
mktg.distinct.com.
 
The Distinct software adds enormous functionality to the package,
 
including SLIP/PPP support with scripting, and configuration for
 
many types of LAN and networking layers.
We are working on a Winsock version which will be available
 
without restriction later this summer.
 
--How to get it:
 
FTP to fatty.law.cornell.edu, the /pub/LII/Cello subdirectory.  The
 
distribution is in multiple files.  At a minimum, you will need
 
 
 README.1ST, which contains unpacking instructions.
 CELLO.ZIP, which contains the executable and Help application
 DIS.ZIP, which contains the runtime stack.
 
Optionally, you should also get:
 
VIEWERS.ZIP, which contains a graphics viewer and sound player for
 
use with Cello.
 
GSWIN.ZIP, which contains the Windows version of GhostScript.
 
PLEASE NOTE that fatty is but an humble little Sparc and you can
 
bring it to its knees fairly easily, so if you have another source
for
 
the GhostScript stuff please spare me and everyone else by going to
 
the alternate source; the file is 2+ MB.
 
Installation:
 
Installation is performed by following the instructions in
 
README.1ST, then using the online help.  Additional support is
 
available from a listserv list called appropriately enough CELLO-L.
 
To subscribe, send a message to listserv@fatty.law.cornell.edu with
 
the one-liner:
 
         sub cello-l your full name
 
in the body of the message.  cello-l is watched by the developer and
 
by a few folks who graciously assisted in alpha testing and who
 
know more about the software's treacherous behavior than its
 
author; the listowner is Will Sadler at Indiana University Law
School.
 
We are also working on an archive of installation hints and tricks.
 
Please try to take it easy on comp.infosystems.www; Tim already has
 
too much to deal with (grin).
 
Who'n'heck are these guys?:
 
The Legal Information Institute, operating under the auspices of the
 
Cornell Law School, is an entity set up to distribute legal
information
 
in hypertextual form by various means, including the Net.  Since
 
there wasn't a Web client for the platform used most by lawyers and
 
legal academics, we took it into our (ill-advised) heads to write
one.
 
This is it, almost.  For further information:
lii@fatty.law.cornell.edu.
 
Regards,
Tb.