How to Use the 505 Web Site

Some hints on how to easily and effectively use the 505 home page


New to the World Wide Web?

If you are new to the World Wide Web, click - using your left mouse button - on the highlighted and underlined text that follows this sentence. click here

Familiar with the WWW, but not with the 505?

If you are familiar with the WWW and web browsing, but are not familiar with the International 505, you may wish to start with some information about the boat itself. Most headings on the main page get you to pages with more detailed menus that give you further choices. The 505 site is probably the largest and most informative class association site on the web; there are hundreds of articles and photographs here. We have tried to group them under the headings on the left frame, so that you can find what you are looking for.

Another way to find things on the 505 site is to use a search tool such as the DEC Altavista tool. If you use the host:www.int505.org parameter, you will limit the search to files on the International 505 Web Site (www.int505.org), where the International 505 site lives, as well as several other 505 sites (USA, Region II/Fleet 19).

To search for tuning articles on the 505 try passing this to Altavista:

505 + tuning host:www.int505.org

Altavista will return a list of links to hits. Each entry in the list will have a description, or the first few words of the article.

Familar with WWW and the 505 site?

Once you are familiar with this site, you may wish to return every few days, and check The What's New List which is an almost complete index of every article on the site, in reverse chronological order. You can easily find anything new since your last visit that way. The What's New is updated whenever an article is added to the site and whenever something of interest to 505 sailors is found elsewhere on the web.

Another way to find things on the 505 site is to use a search tool such as the DEC Altavista tool. If you use the host:www.int505.org parameter, you will limit the search to files on the International Sailing Federation Server (www.sailing.org), where the 505 site lives.

To search for tuning articles on the 505 try passing this to Altavista:

505 + tuning host:www.int505.org

Altavista will return a list of links to hits. Each entry in the list will have a description, or the first few words of the article.

Updated Almost Daily

The 505 WWW site is updated almost daily with new articles or additions to existing ones. New articles, or significant changes to existing ones, will be shown in the What's New List.

If You Access the Web Over Slow Connections

In order to avoid delaying those of you connecting over low speed lines, our non graphics page - the textentry file - has no graphics or frames in it. You can get from there to any of the other articles on the site, without having to download large graphic files. Within the articles on this site, we normally include either small versions of the images - which you can click on to get larger versions - or a reference to an accompanying image menu - which will in turn have small versions of the images which you can click on to get larger ones.

For Those With High Speed Connections

If you have a high speed connection, simply bookmark the graphic version of the main page default.htm and use that as your starting point. All the headings and lower level files are the same. You will also see small versions of images that you can click on to get full sized versions of the images.

Different Browsers

There are a variety of Web Browsers in use. Some support only HTML (the markup language used on the WWW) 1.0, some support HTML 2.0, some support the proposed HTML 3.0, and some use proprietary extensions. Despite the many really cool things that we could do if we used the latest HTML, proprietary extensions, and Javascript we have so far resisted the tempation, so that this site can be viewed by everyone, irrespective of which browser you use. We DO use tables - introduced with HTML 2.0 - so a very few things on this site will not be properly formatted with the old AOL Web browser. AOL's version 3.0 should handle them fine. A current copy of Netscape is what the site looks best on.

For Everyone

Please let us know how we can make this site better, more useful, and easier for you to use. You can click on any of the following highlighted names to open a blank e-mail form that you can fill out and mail to us.

Please feel free to ask any of us questions about the 505.

Happy Web browsing!

alimeller@aol.com
stetson.1@osu.edu
mignerey@comcast.net