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Section - 3.1 What on-line documentation / help systems are available free on the Internet

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Submitted by Chris Siebenmann <cks@hawkwind.utcs.toronto.edu>, edited.

TkMan
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an X-based manual page viewer and browser. Far superior to
xman; I think it's the current best approach to man page presentation.
Available via anonymous ftp from:

ftp://ftp.cs.berkeley.edu/ucb/people/phelps/tcltk/tkman.tar.Z

TkInfo
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an X-based hypertext interface to the GNU texinfo .info file format.

World Wide Web (WWW), Mosaic and Lynx
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HTML looks like the leading candidate for formatted and annotated text at
the moment, so even if WWW dies, an investment in HTML-based tools will
probably continue to be useful.  Word Perfect, BBEdit, and other vendors
are beginning to support HTML editing. 

Gopher
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seems to be the low-rent ASCII-based information delivery system of
choice, but I'm not sure it's the right choice. For one thing, one has to
fight menus to find things, which makes it reliant on the skill of the
person who set them up. Combining gopher with WAIS for searching can
create a more effective documentation system. 

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