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ERIC Number: ED411871
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 7
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The Internet: The Demise of Traditional Online.
Ochsner, Heinz; Thomas, Karen
The Internet has brought about a revolution in the concept of information provision for end-users, and opened up a diverse new market. The Internet has challenged the need for and role of traditional online services. Despite the benefits of the Internet, users face a number of dilemmas: finding needed information in a vast sea of information; time needed to find relevant information; how to measure the authority and quality of information found on the Internet; how to choose the appropriate search tool; constructing precise searches; and varying formats of retrieved information. This paper covers the benefits of the Internet and of traditional online services, the role of information providers and online hosts; the benefits of the single platform nature of HTML (hypertext mark-up language) to online hosts; the adoption of the Internet standard; and the new role of online hosts. Traditional online is in the decline, but traditional online hosts are far from becoming extinct. Host services on the Internet are removing the need for users to learn complex searching techniques and the need to go to multiple sites to locate information. The Internet is an opportunity for hosts to deliver targeted tools which precisely match the searching requirements of different audiences. New services are helping to eliminate the current dilemmas and hosts play an important role in that progression. (SWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Switzerland