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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How can I register my website with the major search engines?
2. Is there no longer any "internal" WHOI web page?
(I tried to click on "internal" on the WHOI home page, but that just brought up a blank page.)

3. How do I make a link open in a new browser window?
4. How do I add special characters like degree signs or mathematical symbols to my web pages?


1. How can I register my website with the major search engines?

Use Meta Tags to provide keywords and a description of your site.

There are several services for registering your site (ranging from free to $60).  I cannot recommend any of them.
How do I publicize my work?
!Register-It!
Submit It
URL submission
123 Register
Cyber - Register

However, unless you're after the commercial market, registering with the major search engines should be enough:
Yahoo - How to suggest your site
AltaVista - Adding pages or URLs to the index
HotBot Add URL Form
LookSmart - Submitting a site
Lycos - Add your site
Webcrawler - Add your URL
Infoseek - Submit your URL
Excite - Suggest a Web Site

2. I tried to click on "internal" on the WHOI home page, but that just brought up a blank page.  Is there no longer any "internal" WHOI web page?

There appears to be a problem with older versions of Netscape running the JavaScript portions of the WHOI internal page.  Check the version of your Netscape browser by pulling down the Help menu and selecting About Communicator.  This will display the version number.  If you are running an older version of Netscape (3.x) then you should download and install the latest version from: ftp://ftp.whoi.edu/pub/netscape/

If that doesn't solve your problem, then contact webmaster@whoi.edu.

3.  How can I have a link open in a new window?

Inside the link tag, specify a target attribute like this:

<a href="http://www.whoi.edu/" > WHOI Public Page</a>
For Example:

Go to the WHOI Home Page in a new window.

4. How do I add special characters like degree signs or mathematical symbols to my web pages?

Special Characters

Use a table of HTML Accent Codes for the HTML language.
For example:

á è î ö § ° ©

Mathematical Symbols

Future web browsers may be able to display mathematical symbols. Look at Mathematical Markup Language (MathML) for up-to-date information.

In the meantime, some mathematical symbols are available as gif images:

You must insert them into your documents as inline images. For example:

PV = RT

In order to use the symbols from the above URL, hold the right mouse button down over the image you wish to use and select Save Image As.... This will put a copy of the symbol on your computer. Then simply add the following code to your HTML document where you want the image to appear:

<img src="imagename.gif" alt="Name of symbol">

Subscripts and superscripts

You can insert subscripts and superscripts into a web page with the <SUB> and <SUP> tags.

For example:

Source Result
<I>x</I><SUP>2</SUP> x2
A<SUB>n</SUB> An