LIS 505 - Useful Information

Mail Servers

For mail client software, the incoming server should be set to or and the outgoing server to See

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.

Disk Quota

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

Western Mail

There is a "Browse" button for attachments on the message composition page, but it is further down, below the box for the message body. For more information, see


To allow your files to be viewed on the Web, do the following.
  1. Select All Programs|SSH Secure Shell|Secure Shell Client from the Start menus.
  2. Press Enter.
  3. In the "Connect to Remote Host" dialog, type in 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.
  4. In the main Secure Shell Client window, you should now see a prompt similar to TERM = (vt100). Press the Enter key.
  5. You should now see a prompt giving the time and the word panther in square brackets. Type publish and press the Enter key.
  6. You should now again see the prompt in square brackets. Type logout and press the Enter key.
  7. Close the Secure Shell Client, by selecting File|Exit or clicking on the "Close" ("x") button.
  8. Run a Web browser and check to see whether you can access your default homepage (e.g., 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, go to (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:
  1. Select Internet Options from the Tools menu.
  2. Click on the Security tab.
  3. Click on the Custom Level button.
  4. In the "Security Settings" dialog, look for "Active Scripting" under "Scripting" and click the "Disable" radio button.
  5. Keep clicking on "OK" buttons until you get back to Internet Explorer.
  6. 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
Last updated January 20, 2004.
This page maintained by
Prof. Tim Craven
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Faculty of Information and Media Studies
University of Western Ontario,
London, Ontario
Canada, N6A 5B7