Message #23:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: WWW Documents Via E-mail
Date: Fri, 10 Jan 97 12:19:00 MST
Encoding: 155 TEXT

This will be of interest primarily to those among you who do not have access 
to the World Wide Web or for whom access to the Web is so slow or costly as 
to make it impracticable.  Agora servers will now allow you to request Web 
documents via e-mail.  Each Web page is returned to you with all the links 
on that page footnoted and listed at the bottom of the page. You can then 
request further pages, 10 URLs per e-mail message listed one per  line 
please.  Just send a message to with the phrase:

SEND http://the_full_url_including_document.htm_or.html

in the message body.

For example:
SEND will return to you 
the text of the Abzu homepage followed by a list of the twenty URL's cited 
there, or SEND will 
return to you the text of the What's New in Abzu page followed by a list of 
the 498 URL's added to the Abzu project since October 1996. Information on 
how this works and additional features can be found at or by sending an e-mail message 


*** Agora: Retrieving WWW Documents through mail ***
Welcome to Agora, the World-Wide Web email browser!

To retrieve a document, you just have to specify its "address", called a 
"Uniform Resource Locator" (URL). For example, the URL of this document is . This means that to get it, you 
just have to send a mail to, with whatever subject 
you like, the body of the mail being:


If you are interested in Latin American studies and curious about World-Wide 
Web services, you may take a look at the following documents:
          UT Latin American Network Information Center[1]
          The World-Wide Web Initiative[2]
          World-Wide Web Frequently Asked Questions[3]

In WWW services, most documents are hypertext. In such a case you will 
notice numbers in square brackets such as [12] next to some special words. 
 This means you may access a new document, hopefully  related to the word(s) 
preceding the [12]. If you are interested to see this new document, you will 
find at the bottom of the document containing the [12] a list of URLs, next 
to numbers. Then, just copy the URL next to [12], and paste it to the body 
of a mail you send to . If you are lazy, there is 
another way to retrieve WWW documents  through email: just reply to , and specify in the body the number(s) you are 
interested in. This program will figure out which document you are 
interested in by looking at the subject header that you then have to 

Example 1
You'd like to know more about UT-LANIC (University of Texas -- Latin 
American Network Information Center)? All right, the number between brackets 
is 1. Let's look at the bottom of this page. 1 corresponds to

So you have to send a mail to with the body: SEND

Example 2
You are still curious about World-Wide Web? All right, the appropriate 
documents are "World-Wide Web Initiative" and "Frequently Asked Questions". 
They have the numbers 2 and 3 in brackets next to them. So you reply to the 
mail from that you are currently reading, and write 
in the body:
    2 3

Note: If your mail tool truncates subject lines, it may be useful  for you 
to know that this robot needs only the part (URL: ...) to  determine what 
the numbers refer to.

Commands related to the retrieval of WWW documents
Everything appearing in  is mandatory; all arguments are case insensitive. 
Only the first 10 lines of requests will be processed.

this will send you back the document you requested, with all its hrefs, so 
that you may ask further requests. (if the document is too large, you will 
get only its first 5,000  lines).

The url sent may contain the following characters:



Same as "send", but you can specify a different return-path


Same as "send", but it will also send you the documents refered to in the 
URL you mentioned. (If the documents are too large, you will get only the 
first 5,000  lines of what "deep" should provide). Be cautious when using 
"deep"! Agora might mail to you several dozens of documents!


Same as "send", but allows you to see the source of the document,  so that 
you may use a nicer HTML browser to read it


Same as "source", but you can specify a different return-path


Send you this document.

This document was originally provided by Arthur Secret at CERN, and modified 
by UT-LANIC for its users.  Please send bug report to

*** References from this document ***