LIS 505 - Useful Information
For mail client software,
the incoming server should be set to imap.uwo.ca
and the outgoing server to smtp.uwo.ca.
Default Mail Client
Open Control Panel,
double click on "Internet Options"
and then click on the "Programs" tab
and use the "E-Mail" drop-down list.
Sending Plain Text Only
This is good netiquette;
HTML e-mail is a sign of spam.
If you use Western Mail
plain text is normal.
Other e-mail clients may have a default of HTML,
which you will need to correct.
In Netscape 7.1,
select "Preferences" from the "Edit" menu;
in the "Preferences" dialog,
expand "Mail & Newsgroups",
select "Send Format",
select the "Convert the message to plain text" radio button,
delete everything in the box under "HTML Domains",
and click on the "OK" button.
In Microsoft Outlook,
select "Options" from the "Tools" menu;
in the "Options" menu,
click on the "Mail Format" tab,
select "Plain Text" from the first drop-down list,
and click on the "OK" button.
The normal student disk quota on the UWO server is now 20MB
(though the page cited below still says 10MB).
You can check how much of your quota you have used
by going to
and looking under "E-Mail Tools".
For more information, see
There is a "Browse" button
on the message composition page,
but it is further down,
below the box for the message body.
For more information,
To allow your files to be viewed on the Web,
do the following.
- Select All Programs|SSH Secure Shell|Secure Shell Client
from the Start menus.
- Press Enter.
- In the "Connect to Remote Host" dialog,
type in panther.uwo.ca in the first edit box
and your user name in the second edit box
and click on the "Connect" button.
If a "Message from the server" dialog pops up,
click on its "OK" button.
In the "Enter Password" dialog,
type in your e-mail password and click on the "OK" button.
- In the main Secure Shell Client window,
you should now see a prompt similar to TERM = (vt100).
Press the Enter key.
- You should now see a prompt giving the time and the word panther
in square brackets.
Type publish and press the Enter key.
- You should now again see the prompt in square brackets.
Type logout and press the Enter key.
- Close the Secure Shell Client,
by selecting File|Exit
or clicking on the "Close" ("x") button.
- Run a Web browser
and check to see whether you can access your default homepage
If you can,
you can now create Web-accessible pages
just by saving them in the public_html directory
on your U: drive.
Class Mailing List
For a list of the e-mail addresses of everyone involved with the course,
(Access to this list is limited to UWO only.)
Turning Off J(ava)Script in Internet Explorer
This is a bit complicated
in comparison to Netscape Navigator.
Here are the steps to follow:
- Select Internet Options from the Tools menu.
- Click on the Security tab.
- Click on the Custom Level button.
- In the "Security Settings" dialog,
look for "Active Scripting" under "Scripting"
and click the "Disable" radio button.
- Keep clicking on "OK" buttons
until you get back to Internet Explorer.
- Now try reloading the page.
Setting FrontPage to Produce a Compatible Web Page
If you use FrontPage to create Web pages,
perform the following operations before editing the first page
to help ensure that your pages will be compatible with a variety of browsers
when mounted on publish.uwo.ca.
- Select "Page Options" from the "Tools" menu.
- In the "Page Options" dialog,
- click on the "Compatibility" tag;
- under "Browsers", select "Both Internet Explorer
- under "Browser versions",
select "4.0 browsers and later";
- under "Servers",
select "Apache server";
- uncheck "Enabled with Microsoft FrontPage Server Extensions"
(the Extensions are not supported on publish.uwo.ca);
- uncheck "Java applets"
(not all versions of common browsers support Java applets);
- uncheck "CSS 1.0 (formatting)"
(publish.uwo.ca sometimes sends an error message
instead of delivering a cascading style sheet);
- uncheck "VML graphics"
(this is not strictly necessary,
but, if this option is enabled,
you may produce a lot of extra non-standard code)
- Click on "OK".
Last updated January 20, 2004.
This page maintained by
Prof. Tim Craven
E-mail (text/plain only): firstname.lastname@example.org
Faculty of Information and Media Studies
University of Western
Canada, N6A 5B7