|The Rocky Mtn Web Started off writing
a comprehensive guide for web beginners about using email and
Internet etiquette. As there are literally hundreds of email
programs and thousands of ways to configure those programs, the
guide started becoming very lengthy before even approaching the
heart of the matter.
Plan B was put into effect. We
searched the Internet for an already existing guide that we could
comfortably steer our visitors to.
We searched through hundreds of sites and read thousands of pages,
but we could find no one site, guide or manual, that adequately
dealt with the fundamental difficulty in a beginner's general guide
to email and the Internet - In order to understand the beginner's
guide, one would have to have accumulated enough know-how and
experience that they would no longer be a beginner.
Of course, it would be a fairly simple task if the guide dealt
with only one program, it is the number and variety of programs and
formats that makes the task un-attainable.
Plan C was finally decided on as a course of action. Present a
very basic overview of email and the Internet - as non-specific to
as many popular programs as possible. To accomplish this was as
difficult as being as specific as possible.
It was decided to steer our visitors to the BBC tutorials on
email and Internet browsing. We note the reasons for this choice as
- It is a good basic instructional tutorial.
- The differences and similarities in the cultures of Great Britain
and the US exemplifies the differences and similarities of the
wide verity of email programs.
- The tutorial is "foreign" enough in terminology and
visual presentation to cause one to pause and truly understand
- And yet, the tutorial is familiar enough to anyone able to speak
the English language (or a dialect) to easily understand - and
to apply to any English based email program.
With all the above in mind we present the following
The Beginner's Guide to
e-mail (BBC guide)
The Beginners Guide
to the Internet (BBC guide)