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By Douglas M. Pravda

The daily newspapers of two Ivy League colleges announced this week that they are releasing new on-line versions.

The Yale Daily News and the Brown Daily Herald have created electronic versions of their papers that can be accessed on the World Wide Web, an information sharing system that allows users to interact with and navigate the Internet--a global data communications network.

Yale's on-line version debuted last Monday, and Brown will begin its daily service this coming Monday.

Editors at the two newspapers say they have been working hard this year to get the papers on-line.

"We've been working on this project since November of last year," said Jeffrey D. Glasser, the editor-in-chief of the Yale Daily News. "When we took over as editors, we wanted to bring the newspaper on-line."

At Brown, "The idea to go on-line began at the end of last semester," said Executive Editor Lockhart Steele. "We had been considering it for several months and then we actually went on-line for the first time Feb 17th with an experimental version of our final web page."

Both versions will be available early in the morning on the day of publication.

At Yale, the managing editor and several undergraduates put the paper on the Web at 2:30 every morning, according to Glasser. Brown, which uses a Web team to put the paper online, hopes to have its version available by 9 a.m., Steele said.

One of the Herald's major concerns about making the paper avail- able on-line was a decrease in subscriptions.

"At this point, it is a concern," Steele said."[But] our web logs from the past few weeksindicate that most of the individuals checking outour web page are from outside the Browncommunity."

He said that the experimental version of thepaper has been accessed by students at otheruniversities and by several employees of WaltDisney.

Yale's newspaper recently became free tostudents, so decreased subscriptions are not aconcern, Glasser said. He said the newspaper hasbeen accessed between "100 and 200 [times] everyday for the first three days."

"[The paper's availability on the Web] is stillbeing publicized, ..so we expect it to go up,"Glasser said.

The Crimson currently has an experimentalversion available on the Web, and hopes to go to adaily version this month, according to PresidentAndrew L. Wright '96.

The Crimson's top news and sports stories,feature and staff editorial are also availableevery day through gopher.

The Crimson's experimental web pages can beaccessed at "http://hcs.harvard.edu/~crimson/."Yale's paper is accessible at"http://www.cis.yale.edu/ ydn/," and the BrownDaily Herald can be access at"http://www.netspace.org/herald/."

Glasser said he expects the move on-line tocontinue rapidly.

"I expect all Ivy League papers to eventuallygo on-line," he said. "I think it's the wave ofthe future and I think it's great for all of themto be on-line too.

"At this point, it is a concern," Steele said."[But] our web logs from the past few weeksindicate that most of the individuals checking outour web page are from outside the Browncommunity."

He said that the experimental version of thepaper has been accessed by students at otheruniversities and by several employees of WaltDisney.

Yale's newspaper recently became free tostudents, so decreased subscriptions are not aconcern, Glasser said. He said the newspaper hasbeen accessed between "100 and 200 [times] everyday for the first three days."

"[The paper's availability on the Web] is stillbeing publicized, ..so we expect it to go up,"Glasser said.

The Crimson currently has an experimentalversion available on the Web, and hopes to go to adaily version this month, according to PresidentAndrew L. Wright '96.

The Crimson's top news and sports stories,feature and staff editorial are also availableevery day through gopher.

The Crimson's experimental web pages can beaccessed at "http://hcs.harvard.edu/~crimson/."Yale's paper is accessible at"http://www.cis.yale.edu/ ydn/," and the BrownDaily Herald can be access at"http://www.netspace.org/herald/."

Glasser said he expects the move on-line tocontinue rapidly.

"I expect all Ivy League papers to eventuallygo on-line," he said. "I think it's the wave ofthe future and I think it's great for all of themto be on-line too.

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