The age of the interactive web

USERS RULE

In the beginning, the web only went one way. Someone behind the server “got the content ready,” and it appeared to the user as a sculpted, readonly display. Then came HTML forms and CGI scripting, tools that brought the client into the game, but the opportunities for input were carefully orchestrated through the labor-intensive efforts of high-priced web developers. Users wanted more, and over the next round of Internet re-invention, a new web emerged. With this month’s cover story, we invite you to the world of the Wiki and Blog. The tools featured in this issue bring a new level of cooperation and collaboration to the web. And best of all, you don’t need a PhD to implement these powerful tools. We’ll show you how an everyday Linux user can set up and manage a collaborative website using the applications the experts are using. You’ll learn about:

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