To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (Warren "Clint" Hyer) Subject: Re: HTML Development. ...(was: <HTML BBS>) Date: Thu, 2 Nov 1995 21:51:44 EST5EDT Message-Id: <hyer.204.00DC60C5@tigger.jvnc.net> In my previous posting, I think I tried so hard to save bandwidth that my intent was lost. I am posting this here because first, I believe this question comes under the heading of developing HTML. And second, I don't know where else to go. (See "Efforts to Date" sectin below.) Generic Problem: HTML was developed in the late 1980's to promote seientific communictions. In a virtual conference, you need both open conference space and some *private* meeting rooms where access is restricted. These private rooms are used for preliminary discussions, planning meetings, and other discussions where you don't want random people just dropping in. The privte rooms would have several requirements: Easy access for participants - i.e. no special client software beyond a Web browser. This will be used by scientists - as was the original HTML. Some access control - e.g. E-mail address and a password such as the group's name. "Locks to keep honest people out" and stats to indicate unauthorized admission. A forum/conference room which allows discussion threads. Specific problem: The problem was posed by a friend at Princeton University who was annyoyed at having missed an important E-mail message about a NSF grant proposal because the message was buried in administrative, student, and personal E-mail. He would like a simple *private* forum/newsgroup to coordinate grant development with collaborative researchers at other universities. In summary, this would be a useful utility with wide spread applications. Efforts to Date: The professor went to the department's systems administrator who recommended discussing it with CIT (the University's Computer Information Technology group.) We went to CIT which indicated they did not have the time to develop new applications for the Web. Next, I went to an outside consulting group that also runs its own commercial Web stie. They had not seen anything like multiple private rooms accessable from a Web site but were sure they could develop it - (with an open ended contract at $75/hr.) A similar question had been posted to <comp.infosystems.www.authoring.misc> (at <firstname.lastname@example.org>CyberPark<email@example.com>). The thread did not develop very far. Since comp.infosystems.www.html splinteered into 16 to 18 narrower groups. this seems the most appropriate group to which to post this question. I did a search of books at our local Barnes and Noble megastore. I found some information on use of FORMS to send E-mail to bulletin board systems (BBS). The October issues of _BBS_ and _Boardwatch_ magazines discuss HTML as input to regular BBS software. Finally, I posted to this mail list. I would appreciate any suggestions on setting up a series of *private* conference rooms accessible from a Web Browser. If someone has any suggestions for other mailing lists or newsgroups or any harcopy sources I could track down, it owuld also be greatly appreciated. TIA Clint P.S. I apologize for hogging so much bandwidth. Clint Hyer, General Partner firstname.lastname@example.org hyer.com productions Princeton NJ 08543-2003 "Effective Communications for the Internet"