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Notice to Readers Update: Availability of Electronic MMWR on Internet

Since January 27, 1995, the MMWR series has been available in an electronic format on the Internet (1); current and past copies (since January 15, 1993) in the MMWR series are available electronically. To access CDC's Internet file servers, users must have Internet access and software that retrieves files by file transfer protocol (FTP) or software that will access the World Wide Web (WWW). As of May 1, changes have been made in the names of some directories used to access the electronic MMWR files and AdobeTM AcrobatTM * Reader software (produced by Adobe, Inc.) required to view the electronic MMWR in AdobeTM AcrobatTM portable document format (.pdf). Following are the revised instructions. Where to Obtain MMWR Through the Internet

Users can receive MMWR by connecting to the following servers: CDC FTP server. Use FTP to connect to CDC's file server ftp.cdc.gov. Supply user name anonymous, and give the user's Internet e-mail address in response to the prompt for the password. Select the subdirectory /pub/publications, then subdirectory mmwr. Select subdirectory wk for the MMWR (weekly), subdirectory ss for CDC Surveillance Summaries, or subdirectory rr for MMWR Recommendations and Reports. Then view the listing, and download the files of interest.

Each .pdf file represents a single issue of MMWR and is named according to the publication, volume, and issue number. For example, mm4301.pdf contains all pages for the MMWR (weekly) Volume 43, Number 1. Files with the prefix rr or ss represent MMWR Recommendations and Reports or CDC Surveillance Summaries, respectively.

CDC WWW server. Programs that browse the WWW (e.g., Mosaic) allow particularly easy navigation of the Internet. Use WWW software to connect to the MMWR WWW pages at either of the following addresses:

  • http://www.cdc.gov/ Go to Publications, Products, and Subscription Services, then Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) to find the MMWR, OR

  • http://www.cdc.gov/epo/mmwr/mmwr.html To access the MMWR, follow the instructions that appear on the screen. How to Obtain MMWR from the Public E-Mail List

An automatic service is available for receiving a weekly notification of the contents of the MMWR and instructions on how to electronically retrieve the complete MMWR file through e-mail. To subscribe, send an e-mail message to lists@list.cdc.gov. The body content of the e-mail should read subscribe mmwr-toc. The subscriber will be added automatically to the mailing list and receive a weekly table of contents and other announcements regarding the electronic MMWR. Subscribers will also receive instructions about additional e-mail commands, such as retrieving documents, sending messages to the system operator, canceling a subscription, or sending an e-mail change of address.

Some sites may have to process the received mail attachments with a uudecode utility to create an acceptable binary file readable by AcrobatTM. If the user's e-mail system does not have uudecode, the user should contact his/her e-mail administrator. Uudecode software is available free of charge at many FTP sites on the Internet. Questions about the list service should be sent to mmwr-questions@list.cdc.gov by e-mail. How to Obtain Free Reader Software

AdobeTM AcrobatTM Reader software is necessary to view the contents of the MMWR electronic files. Free AdobeTM AcrobatTM Reader software is available on the Internet from CDC and Adobe, Inc.

From CDC FTP server. To download AdobeTM AcrobatTM Reader software through the Internet, use FTP to connect to CDC's file server ftp.cdc.gov. Supply the user name anonymous and your Internet e-mail address when prompted for the password. Select the subdirectory pub, then the subdirectory Acrobat. Download the appropriate file (DOS, Macintosh{Registered}, UNIX{Registered}, Windows ).

From CDC WWW server. Free software also can be downloaded by connecting to the WWW. Using WWW software, connect to the following addresses for MMWR documents:

  • http://www.cdc.gov/ Choose Publications, Products, and Subscription Services, then Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), and finally AdobeTM AcrobatTM Reader. Read the instructions. Then choose Obtain a free copy of the AdobeTM AcrobatTM Reader. Select "download to disk" from the WWW software, and download the appropriate DOS, Macintosh{Registered}, UNIX{Registered}, or WindowsTM reader(s).

  • http://www.cdc.gov/epo/mmwr/mmwr.html Choose AdobeTM AcrobatTM Reader. Read the instructions. Then select Obtain a free copy of the AdobeTM AcrobatTM Reader. Select "download to disk" from the WWW software, and download the appropriate DOS, Macintosh{Registered}, UNIX{Registered}, or WindowsTM reader(s).

From Adobe, Inc., FTP server. Free AdobeTM Reader software is available by connecting to the anonymous FTP site ftp.adobe.com to download the software.

Adobe, Inc., also has a dial-in electronic bulletin board (BBS) at (206) 623-6984. Connecting to the BBS requires a modem and a terminal emulation program that supports VT-100 or ANSI emulation. Modem settings should be 8 data bits, 1 stop bit, and no parity. Adobe's BBS will support modems with speeds up to 14.4 kb. To use the BBS, the user should log in with his/her own name as the user ID, and select a password. Adobe BBS will not accept a blank as either the user ID or the password.

From Adobe, Inc., WWW server. Using WWW software, connect to http://www. adobe.com/ and follow the instructions. Adobe Software Support

AdobeTM AcrobatTM software installation and use questions should be directed to AdobeTM AcrobatTM software support. Assistance is available Monday-Thursday 6 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday 6 a.m.-2 p.m. (Pacific time) at the following telephone numbers: AdobeTM AcrobatTM Reader Support, (900) 555-2362; AdobeTM AcrobatTM Technical Support, (408) 986-6580; AdobeTM Technical Support BBS, (206) 623-6984.

Users should not call CDC's MMWR office for software support.

Reference

  1. CDC. Availability of electronic MMWR on Internet. MMWR 1995;44:48-50.

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Use of trade names and commercial sources is for identification only and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

References to non-CDC sites on the Internet are provided as a service to MMWR readers and do not constitute or imply endorsement of these organizations or their programs by CDC or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CDC is not responsible for the content of pages found at these sites. URL addresses listed in MMWR were current as of the date of publication.


All MMWR HTML versions of articles are electronic conversions from typeset documents. This conversion might result in character translation or format errors in the HTML version. Users are referred to the electronic PDF version (http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr) and/or the original MMWR paper copy for printable versions of official text, figures, and tables. An original paper copy of this issue can be obtained from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), Washington, DC 20402-9371; telephone: (202) 512-1800. Contact GPO for current prices.

**Questions or messages regarding errors in formatting should be addressed to mmwrq@cdc.gov.

 
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