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'Soft push' technology puts IT news on every desktop

'Soft push' technology puts IT news on every desktop

Java-based "soft push" technology developed by ARN publisher IDG Communications enables its readers to install the IDG News Ticker directly on their corporate intranets or company Web sites, free of charge.

The service is designed to provide a daily feed of IT news from Australia and around the world, which will be updated constantly throughout the day, according to Neale Morison, editor-in-chief, electronic publishing, IDG Communications.

The ticker is also designed to provide instant access to the company's stable of magazines that includes Australian Reseller News, ComputerWorld, CIO, Australian PC World, Network World and Australian Macworld.

"The IDG News Ticker uses IDG's exclusive Java "soft push" technology to send the latest news and information direct from the IDG Web site to its customer's intranet or Web site," Morison said.

"It's free, easy to install, and very economical with bandwidth. Unlike other push technology solutions, the IDG News Ticker downloads just 20K of information the first time it runs, so it appears almost instantly.

It needs to move only a few bytes per minute over your Internet connection to ensure you have the absolute latest in IT news, updated several times a day."

Installation instructions

To install the Ticker, you need to add a line of code to a Web page.

You can set up the IDG News Ticker on your Web site or your desktop within minutes. You just need an HTML file containing this code:

codebase=

"http://idg.com.au/classes"

width=468 height=60

alt="IDG ticker">

To create a file, just open any text editor such as Windows Notepad, and type the code in. Save it with an htm or html extension. For example, you could save it as idgticker.htmTo display the ticker, connect to the Internet and show the IDG News Ticker page you've created in a Web browser which supports Java. Any recent version of Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer will do.

You can just add the above code to an existing HTML page on your intranet or Web site.

More on the IDG Web site

Rather than type the code in, direct yourbrowser to this page:www.idg.com.au/idgticker/idgticker.htmFor more detailed instructions, direct your browser to this page:www.idg.com.au/idgticker/idghome.htmIf you have questions about the IDG News Ticker, send an e-mail to:

Neale_Morison@idg.com.au


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