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Your Home Page

When you start up a WWW browser, it will download a document automatically. If no-one has done any configuration on your browser, it will probably download the home page for your particular WWW browser, which will no doubt contain a few links to other useful places in the Web.

Using the default home page is not something we'd recommend though. The WWW server that provides the default home page is probably getting huge numbers of requests per minute, and so will not be very fast. In addition, the links they have are probably not to places that you will want to access very often. If you have a WWW server at your site, you should probably configure your browser to use your site's home page. Even if you don't have a WWW server, you can always set up a file of HTML on the machine you run your browser on to be your own private home page complete with links to things you find interesting.

Most Unix browsers will use the `` WWW_HOME'' environment variable to decide where their home page is. Mac and PC browsers usually let you set the home page from the user interface as a ``preference''.

To set up a home page on your local disc, create the file of HTML you want to use (for example `` home.html'' on the `` MACINTOSH HD'') complete with links to places you want to visit often, and then set your home page to:

file:///MACINTOSH HD/home.html

Jon Crowcroft
Wed May 10 11:46:29 BST 1995