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        |        Accessing The Internet By E-Mail          |
        |        Guide to Offline Internet Access          |
        |           8th Edition - January 1999             |

                Copyright (c) 1999, Gerald E. Boyd

      All rights reserved. Permission is granted to duplicate and
      distribute copies of this document provided the copyright
      notice and this permission notice are preserved on all copies.

A Brief History

Accessing The Internet By E-Mail or originally known as "Doctor Bob's
Guide to Offline Internet Access" was the brainchild of Bob Rankin (a
great net guy) who started it up in 1994.  He kept it up about 5 years
before passing it to me in January 1999, when it became apparent he was
too busy with other projects (Internet Tourbus, writing, etc.) to
continue maintaining it.

In October 1997 I had taken over the moderator duties of the ACCMAIL
mailing list (which is used to further develop ideas expressed in this
FAQ) and started a web page based on this FAQ. I guess he figured I was
the logical person to take over the FAQ. Hmmm!

So there you go.

How to Access Internet Services by E-mail

If you don't have direct access to the Internet through your BBS or
online service, you're not alone.  Many of the world's countries with
Internet connections have only e-mail access to this world-wide network
of networks.

But if you think that sounds limiting, read on.  You can access almost
any Internet resource using e-mail.  Maybe you've heard of FTP, Gopher,
Archie, Veronica, Finger, Usenet, Whois, Netfind, WAIS, and the
World-Wide Web but thought they were out of your reach because you don't
have a direct connection.

Not so!  You can use simple e-mail commands to do all of this and much
more on the Internet.  And even if you do have full Internet access,
using e-mail services can save you time and money.  If you can send a
note to an Internet address, you're in the game.

I encourage you to read this entire document first and then go back and
try out the techniques that are covered.  This way, you will gain a
broader perspective of the information resources that are available, an
introduction to the tools you can work with, and the best methods for
finding the information you want.

Recent Changes To This Document

8.0 New FAQ maintainer. Updated lists of mail servers.
    agora@ictp.trieste.it - disabled as of 28Sep98 (see www4mail)
    getweb@getweb.ecn.cz - defunct as of 27Aug98
    getweb@ictp.trieste.it - defunct as of 27Oct98 (see www4mail)
    getweb@unganisha.idrc.ca - defunct as of 06Oct98 (see www4mail)
    w3mail@gmd.de - defunct as of 31Dec98
    NETFIND gopher://ds.internic.net:4320/7netfind%20dblookup? defunct 31Mar98
    Four11 Online User Directory merged into Yahoo! People Search - 01Nov98
    URL-minder@netmind.com defunct as of 11Nov98
    update HELP-NET address, Added new www4mail servers section.
    Added brief history section. Updated getting BABEL.

Finding the Latest Version

This document is now available from several automated mail servers.
To get the latest edition, send e-mail to one of the addresses below.

To: mail-server@rtfm.mit.edu (for US, Canada & South America)
Enter only this line in the BODY of the note:
  send usenet/news.answers/internet-services/access-via-email

To: mailbase@mailbase.ac.uk (for Europe, Asia, etc.)
Enter only this line in the BODY of the note:
  send lis-iis e-access-inet.txt

To: gboyd@netcom.com
Subject: send accmail.faq

You can also get the file by anonymous FTP at one of these sites:

Site: rtfm.mit.edu
   get pub/usenet/news.answers/internet-services/access-via-email
Site: ftp.mailbase.ac.uk
   get pub/lists/lis-iis/files/e-access-inet.txt

Or on the Web in HTML format at:

Before You Write...

Please make sure you have the latest version of this guide before
writing to the author with questions and updates.  Don't give up too
quickly on the busy e-mail servers, and if you get an error message, try
your request again on a different day or time.  If you'd like to keep up
with the latest updates and announcements of new versions, send the

   SUBSCRIBE ACCMAIL Firstname Lastname

in the BODY of a message to the address "LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AOL.COM".  In
fact, the ACCMAIL list is a great place to ask any questions you have
about this guide.  You're likely to get a quicker response from one of
the list subscribers, because the author gets several hundred messages
per day!

Other Translations of This Document

Several readers have graciously volunteered to translate this text into
languages other than English.  Please contact the author if you would
like to assist in the translation of this document into another
language.  The list below shows the status of the translation work that
has been done or is in progress.  To obtain any of the completed texts,
send e-mail with

Subject: send accmail.xx             (where "xx" is as shown below)
To: gboyd@netcom.com

 Translation             Filename     Translation             Filename
 ----------------------- ----------   ----------------------- ----------
 Bulgarian (7th Ed.)     accmail.bg   Catalan (5th Ed.)       accmail.ca
 Chinese GB (6th Ed.)    accmail.cn   Chinese BIG5 (5th Ed.)  accmail.tw
 Croatian (4th Ed.)      accmail.hr   Czech (6th Ed.)         accmail.cz
 Danish (5th Ed.)        accmail.dk   Dutch (6th Ed.)         accmail.nl
 Esperanto (5th Ed.)     accmail.eo   Farsi (5th Ed.)         accmail.ir
 Finnish (6th Ed.)       accmail.fi   French (6th Ed.)        accmail.fr
 German (5th Ed.)        accmail.de   Greek (6th Ed.)         accmail.gr
 Hebrew (5th Ed.)        accmail.he   Hungarian (7th Ed.)     accmail.hu
 Indonesian (4th Ed.)    accmail.id   Italian (6th Ed.)       accmail.it
 Lithuanian (6th Ed.)    accmail.lt   Japanese (6th Ed.)      accmail.jp
 Norwegian (4th Ed.)     accmail.no   Polish (4th Ed.)        accmail.pl
 Portuguese (6th Ed.)    accmail.pt   Romanian (6th Ed.)      accmail.ro
 Russian (6th Ed.)       accmail.ru   Serbian (6th Ed.)       accmail.sr
 Slovak (6th Ed.)        accmail.sk   Spanish  (7th Ed.)      accmail.sp
 Somali (5th Ed.)        accmail.so   Thai (6th Ed.)          accmail.th
 Ukranian (6th Ed.)      accmail.ua   Vietnamese (7th Ed.)    accmail.vn

NOTE: Your "send accmail.xx" request MUST be in the SUBJECT line!

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