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Mastering Internet Development: Contents of Readme.wri

Article ID: 172091

Article Last Modified on 11/7/2002


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This article was previously published under Q172091


The following article contains a copy of the complete text of the Readme.wri file that ships with Mastering Internet Development.


Mastering Internet Development: README File

Welcome to Mastering Internet Development. This file contains additional
information about Mastering Internet Development not included in the online

The World Wide Web is an evolving phenomena, with new ideas and
technologies being created daily. The Mastering Series team has taken this
into account and extensively tested this title with the latest tools and
technologies. However, because of the dynamic nature of the Web, you may
experience performance or configuration problems using this title,
depending upon your hardware, software, or internet connectivity
combinations. For instance, based on your Internet service provider or the
type of proxy server you're running, you may not be able to take advantage
of the Internet connectivity features of this course. The Mastering Series
team will continue to test this product and post the latest information on
our Product Web Site.

Please be sure to check out the Mastering Internet Development Product Web
page. Choose the Product Web Site command from the Help menu to jump to it.
This README information will be updated on the Product Web page.

This README file contains important and helpful information on the
following topics:

Section   Description
1  Send Us Your Feedback
2  Setup Issues
3  Operating System Issues
4  Removing Mastering Internet Development
5  Using the Title's Internet Features
6  Potential Problems Running this Title
7  Performance Issues
8  Hardware Problems
9  Printing Problems
10 Microsoft Tools included on the CD
11 Technical Support
12 Generic Multimedia Information

To read this file on-screen, use the PAGE DOWN and PAGE UP keys. You can
also print the file by choosing the Print command from the File menu in
virtually any Windows-based word processing program.

1 Send Us Your Feedback
We welcome your feedback. Let us know how Mastering Internet Development
has helped you gain expertise in creating solutions. You can reach us via
any of the following:


Mail:   Mastering Series Products
        Microsoft Corporation
        One Microsoft Way
        Redmond, WA 98052-6399

Fax:    (425) 936-7329
        Attn: Mastering Internet Development

Please note that we receive a number of suggestions and comments regarding
Microsoft products and are unable to respond directly to each one. However,
be assured that your recommendations, ideas, and remarks are recorded and
will help shape future versions of our Mastering Series products.

2 Setup Issues
The Setup program's default settings will load the Mastering Internet
Development title to your C: drive in the MID folder. You can assign
application files to a different drive; however, Setup will copy as much as
8.5 MB of system files to your WINDOWS\SYSTEM subdirectory.

Because Mastering Internet Development installs system files that may be
shared with other applications, you must shut down other applications,
including Microsoft Office, before running Setup. If you have closed all
other open applications and you encounter problems during Setup, make sure
your system meets the minimum requirements necessary to install Mastering
Internet Development.

Setup will not complete properly if you remove the Mastering Internet
Development CD-ROM during Setup, or attempt to start the application before
Setup is complete.

Internet Explorer 3.0 Beta 2
To help you get onto the World Wide Web quickly, Mastering Internet
Development includes the Beta 2 version of Internet Explorer 3.0. You
should install the most recent version of Internet Explorer as soon as
possible. Internet Explorer is available to download from the Internet
Explorer page on the Microsoft Web site,

System Requirements
Mastering Internet Development will run on the following minimal system;
however, performance will improve with more RAM or a faster CD-ROM drive.

- Personal computer with a 486DX or higher processor, running Windows 95
- 8 MB of memory (16 MB or more recommended)
- 10 MB of available hard-disk space (40 MB to work with lab files on
  your hard drive)
- MPC2-compatible CD-ROM drive
- Super VGA or higher-resolution video adapter capable of displaying 256
  colors or greater
- Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device
- MPC2-compatible audio board

3 Operating System Issues
Microsoft Windows NT 3.51
Mastering Internet Development runs under Microsoft Windows 95. It will not
run under Windows NT version 3.51. The reason for this is that Mastering
Internet Development is dependent on Microsoft Internet Explorer version
3.0 beta or later, which does not run under Windows NT version 3.51.

Several lab exercises included in this title, however, require you to run
Windows NT 3.51 or later, in order to run Microsoft Internet Information
Server. If you want to complete lab exercises that require Windows NT, and
want to have Mastering Internet Development running simultaneously, we
recommend the you have two PCs; one functioning as a client machine, the
other functioning as a server:

Client PC
- Windows 95
- Internet Explorer 3.0 beta or later
- Mastering Internet Development

Server PC
- Windows NT 3.51 or later
- Microsoft Internet Information Server 1.0 or later

Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 beta or later
When we released Mastering Internet Development,  Microsoft Windows NT
version 4.0 was in beta.  Because the beta status of Windows NT 4.0 at the
time Mastering Internet Development released, we do not offer product
support for users attempting to run Mastering Internet Development under
Windows NT 4.0.

If you want to run Mastering Internet Development on a PC running Windows
NT 4.0 beta or later, we recommend you do so on a test machine, that does
not contain any work-critical data or applications.  We will not offer
product support to users running Mastering Internet Development under
Windows NT 4.0 beta or later.

4 Removing Mastering Internet Development
To remove Mastering Internet Development from your computer, run Setup
again and choose Remove All. You can also uninstall Mastering Internet
Development by running the Add/Remove Programs application in the Control

You may also need to do the following:
- Delete the Mastering Internet Development shortcut. If you moved the
  shortcut to a different folder after installing the application, Setup
  will not be able to detect the new shortcut location or delete it.
  After running Setup (with Remove All), go to Windows Explorer and
  delete the shortcut(s).
- Delete the MID directory. The MID directory (or the directory you
  specified as the destination directory during Setup) will not be
  removed because it may contain files that you modified. If you did a
  Complete installation, two subdirectories were added: "Lists" and
  "Labs." If you worked on any of the labs or added topics to the
  Notebook, that information is saved in those subdirectories. If you
  still want to remove these directories,  you can delete them by going
  to Windows Explorer, selecting the directory, and pressing DELETE.

When running Setup with the Uninstall option you may receive a dialog box
with a warning about deleting a shared file. This dialog only occurs when
Setup prepares to remove a file that another application may use. If you
remove the file, be aware that other unregistered applications that use
that same file may no longer run correctly.

5 Using the Title's Internet Features
Mastering Internet Development includes the following Internet features:

Launching URLs
This product contains Universal Resource Locators (URLs) that allow you to
jump to information on the Internet. URL addresses change over time as Web
sites and pages are added, deleted, modified, and moved. To keep the
Mastering Internet Development title current, a URL jump table has been
implemented in the title. Whenever you click on an URL jump in the title,
the table resolves this request to an Internet URL, then launches Internet
Explorer to locate that resource.

Product Update

The Product Update feature allows you to modify the title's URL jump table.
If a URL link fails, or you suspect it has changed, use the Product Update
command from the File menu to update this table from the Internet. Please
note that after you use this command, you may need to restart the Mastering
Internet Development title to see any changes in the content. If you have
questions about using the Product Update feature, consult the Help file.

Product Web Site
Use the Product Web Site command from the Help menu to jump to the
Mastering Internet Development Web page. This page will contain any future
errata information, and pointers to additional information.

6 Potential Problems Running this Title
This section describes problems you may experience when running Mastering
Internet Development.

- Beta Software: Some of the material in this course is based on
  pre-released versions of Microsoft Internet tools and operating
  systems. There may be discrepancies between information referenced in
  the course and the released versions of these products.

- Lab 4, Exercises 1 and 2: The Spin32 and MaskedEdit controls may not
  self-register properly when downloaded by Internet Explorer Beta. This
  will cause them to work incorrectly. If you have Microsoft Visual Basic
  or Microsoft Visual C++, installing these products on the Client
  computer will correctly register the controls.

- Chapter 5, "Setting and Returning Properties Sample" sample code: The
  Slider control may not self-register properly when downloaded by
  Internet Explorer Beta. This will cause it to work incorrectly. If you
  have Microsoft Visual Basic or Microsoft Visual C++, installing these
  products on the Client computer will correctly register the control.

- Lab 5, Optional Exercise: This exercise may not work correctly, due to
  problems with the HTML Select control in the Beta version of Internet

- Lab 9, Lab Solution: This lab requires installation of Microsoft
  Exchange in order to install the OLE Messaging library. If you do not
  have Microsoft Exchange installed on your machine, you will receive the
  VB error "Can't find project or library" when trying to send e-mail
  using the lab solution application.

- User Profiles: If you change User Profiles in Windows 95 after
  installing this course, you should continue to log onto your machine
  with the same username you used when installing the course. Different
  users who have altered the default User Profiles settings may
  experience a path error dialog when restarting the course. Using the
  original username will avoid this problem.

- Library Articles: Library articles included in this title are not
  edited by the Mastering Internet Development team. You may encounter
  documentation errors, references to page numbers or files, and
  formatting problems. Addresses, phone numbers, and other contact
  information appearing in this title may have changed since the time of

- Topic Titles: Some of the topic titles in the application will be cut
  off when running Mastering Internet Development in lower display

- Palette Flash:  Palette flashes can occur when switching between
  Mastering Internet Development and other running applications, and when
  starting or stopping animations and demos.

- Graphics: This title is designed to run on machines capable of
  displaying 256 colors or more. Though the title does run on systems
  displaying 16 colors, there is a noticeable drop in image quality. Some
  large graphics may display out of the window when running the title at
  640 x 480 resolution. It is recommended that you run this application
  in 800 x 600 mode or greater. The graphic viewer in this application
  allows you to toggle graphics between large and small views. By
  clicking on the viewer, you can change the size of the graphic. The
  viewer will remain the size that you last viewed a graphic. If an image
  appears distorted or compressed, click in the graphic viewer to make
  sure you are viewing the entire image. Note that some small graphics do
  not change size.

- Navigation and Topic areas:  If using keyboard keys to navigate through
  the Table of Contents or the Topic area, you may need to manually
  change the focus of the application, depending on the content you want
  to affect. You can change the focus by clicking on the area you want to
  navigate. On some systems, the vertical scroll bar may change size when
  scrolling through topics and labs, or navigating through the Table of

- Printing: The media represented by icons in the text area (graphics,
  sample code, tips, and answers) will not print when printing the
  current screen. To print this information, choose Print when the media
  is displayed in the active window. If you experience problems printing
  over a network, consult your network administrator to make sure your
  printer settings are correct. Solutions for common printing problems
  are described in Section 8 of this README file, "Printing Problems." If
  you choose to print the Glossary, the entire Glossary will be printed.

- Text: Mastering Internet Development uses your system settings to
  display some foreground and background colors. You may want to choose a
  compatible display combination (such as the Windows Standard color
  scheme) for best visual results. When displaying glossary popups within
  the text, the application will sometimes lose focus. To remedy this,
  click in the Topic area; focus will return to the application.

- Video: .AVI files will only run if you've installed the Multimedia
  options when setting up Windows 95. Setup will look for multimedia
  options on your system and notify you if they are not installed. If
  this is the case, you will need to install the appropriate options.
  Even with appropriate hardware, you may experience long wait times
  while video files are being loaded, and you may encounter errors in
  audio/video synchronization during playback.

7 Performance Issues
There are several ways to make Mastering Internet Development run faster.
Many of the methods described below are general tips that will improve the
performance of any application under Windows. Consult your Windows manual
for more details.

Mastering Internet Development uses your computer's random access memory
(RAM) to display pictures and play video and audio. If Mastering Internet
Development runs slowly or if you get error messages saying you are out of
memory, you may not have enough RAM available. Here are some tips to make
the best use of your available memory:

- Close all applications that you are not using.

- Add more RAM (memory) to your computer. You can determine how much
  memory is available by starting MS-DOS, typing mem and pressing ENTER.
  This starts a program that will tell you how much memory you have. You
  need at least 8 MB of RAM, and 16 MB is recommended.

- If you are using more than 256 colors in your video display, you may
  want to lower your video colors to 256. For instructions on how to
  change your Windows display, consult your Windows documentation.

For more details on improving performance, consult your Windows 95 and CD-
ROM manuals.

8 Hardware Problems
In rare situations, Mastering Internet Development may encounter display
problems when using accelerated video drivers, video drivers with more than
256 colors, or high-resolution video drivers. One example of these problems
is a video display with garbled images. Another is a crash occurring when
trying to play a video. There are several things you can do if you
encounter such problems:

1. Most problems can be fixed by obtaining new drivers from your video card
manufacturer. Contact the manufacturer of your video card to determine if
newer versions are available. The manufacturer's phone number should be in
the manuals that came with your video card or personal computer. Another
option for obtaining updated drivers is the Microsoft Download service
(MSDL), an electronic bulletin board that can be accessed by modem at (425)
936-MSDL (425-936-6735).

Drivers provided on MSDL are compressed with the PKWare utilities and are
in the form of executable files (.EXE extension). It is best to download
the file or files you need into an empty directory on your hard disk or a
blank formatted floppy. To decompress these drivers after downloading them,

a. From Windows 95 Explorer, double-click on the filename that you


b. From the DOS prompt, change to the directory containing the downloaded
file, type the filename, and then press ENTER.

2. An alternative to obtaining a new or updated display driver is to change
your video mode to a standard video mode, such as 640 x 480 resolution with
256 colors.

To find out what video driver you are using, open Display from Control
Panel. In Windows 95, click on the Settings tab. Then click the Change
Display Type button. Your display type will be listed there. For
instructions on how to install or change drivers, click the Help button.

9 Printing Problems
Screen resolution and printer resolution are often not the same, so the
resulting printout may not match the quality you see on the screen.

If you encounter a general protection fault when you print a topic, check
your printer driver. Switch to a more current version of the driver, if one
is available. Additionally, ensure that the printer is online and that you
can print to it from another application. If the problem persists, click on
the Property page for the Printer you are using. Choose the Fonts tab and
click on the method of downloading TrueType fonts that works best with your

If you are using an HP LaserJet printer, make sure that you have the most
current printer driver, or try setting the printer resolution to 300 dpi
(graphics may not print properly at 600 dpi).

You should be able to print grayscale images from Mastering Internet
Development. If you have a black and white laser printer, you may need to
upgrade your printer driver. Call the dealer from whom you bought the
printer or call the printer manufacturer.

10 Microsoft Tools Included on CD
The following categories of Microsoft tools have been included on this CD

- Internet Assistants
- Viewers
- Development Tools
- Internet Information Server
- ODBC Drivers

Installation instructions for installing these tools directly from the CD
are in the Microsoft Tools section of the Library. You should also check
the Microsoft Web site,, to download the most
recent versions of some of these tools.

11 Technical Support
For help on setup and product features:
- Check Help.
- Take the Tour, accessible through Help.
- Check the Mastering Internet Development README file on the Product Web

For phone support:
- In the United States, no-charge support is available by making a toll
  call between 6:00am and 6:00pm Pacific time, Monday through Friday,
  excluding holidays.  Call (425) 635-7033.
- In Canada, support engineers are available by making a toll call
  between 8:00am and 8:00pm Eastern time, Monday through Friday,
  excluding holidays.  Call (905) 568-3503.
- Outside North America, contact your local Microsoft subsidiary.

12 Generic Multimedia Information
For more information regarding Multimedia PCs (MPCs), MPC titles, and other
general multimedia topics of interest, please contact the MPC Marketing

Multimedia PC Marketing Council, Inc.
1703 M Street, Suite 700
Washington DC 20036

(202) 452-1600

For information regarding a specific MPC product, contact the manufacturer
of that product.

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