At regular intervals, I post an FAQ pointer in the newsgroup comp.infosystems.www.authoring.html (known to its habitués as "c.i.w.a.h"). The text of that article is below.
Formerly: "HTML FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) List"
This notice is posted at regular intervals. I'll endeavor to use the same subject line so that those of you who have seen it can kill-file the subject; additionally, Supersedes: headers are used to ensure that only one copy resides on a given news server.
This notice was last updated in May, 2007, and is available (with a complete revision history) on the World Wide Web at http://www.stack.nl/~boris/HTML/ciwahfaq.html. Most of it was written by Stan Brown.
In general, HTML. This is (or is supposed to be) a narrowly focused newsgroup that covers just one of the facets of Web authorship. For related areas, see number 3 below.
c.i.w.a.h.'s charter is:
This newsgroup covers discussion of HyperText Markup Language (HTML) as it relates to web page authoring. Possible subjects include HTML editors, formatting tricks, and current and proposed HTML standards.
The charter may be retrieved from
The FAQ list for any newsgroup is the distilled wisdom of experts in the subject area of that newsgroup, who have more or less agreed on a set of answers to the questions that are frequently asked there.
Before you post a question, please read the nearest thing we've got to a newsgroup FAQ, which is the Web Design Group's Web Authoring FAQ, at:
along with the Frequently Encountered Problems list at
If you do that, you may find that you've answered your question with no need to post (and no confusion from well-meaning wrong answers).
If the main site (either "http://www.htmlhelp.org/" or "http://www.htmlhelp.com/") is down, you migh consider using the mirror at "http://www.stack.nl/htmlhelp/".)
Many people maintain links to helpful resources for HTML
You'll find my list (originally by Stan Brown) at http://www.stack.nl/~boris/HTML/links.html.
Please subscribe to news.announce.newusers for a month or so. It's a low-volume newsgroup, but will well repay your time. The articles there explain how to get the best use out of Usenet news, how to post, rules of "netiquette", and so on. If you do not feel up to that, ar least read RFC 1855 (http://www.faqs.org/rfc/rfc1855.txt), which also explains netiquette.
Questions about your particular newsreader software should be posted to news.software.readers or alt.usenet.offline-reader. Questions about Usenet, newsgroups, and netiquette can be posted to news.newusers.questions after you read the material in news.announce.newusers.
http://www.stack.nl/~boris/HTML/ciwahfaq.html is the URL of this page.