PC World's help goes interactive, online

NZ PC World has launched Press F1 Online -- a new, interactive segment of its Website. For years, PC World's Press F1 advice column has been one of the magazine's best-read sections. Now, readers can leave a question on the Press F1 site, where it can be viewed by category, name or date. When somebody posts a reply to a query, the server automatically emails the person who originally left the query, telling them to come back to the site and check out the answer. Cool, huh?

NZ PC World has launched Press F1 Online -- a new, interactive segment of its Web site (www.pcworld.co.nz).

For years, PC World's Press F1 advice column has been one of the magazine's best-read sections. Now the help forum has made the leap into Cyberspace. Readers can leave a question on the Press F1 site, where it will be answered by PC World columnist Peter Cooke or another visitor to the site (readers are offered mousepads and T-shirts as prizes if their response to another reader's problem gets published in print).

Questions can be viewed by category (hardware, software, Internet) or by name or date. When somebody posts a reply to a query, the server automatically emails the person who originally left the query, telling them to come back to the site and check out the answer.

'Currently we receive more Press F1 letters than can ever appear in print', says PC World editor Chris Keall. 'There are many readers who like to e-mail me and Peter their own solutions to problems. Press F1 Online lets all PC World readers share this great information; to help themselves; to help others; and to swap tips.'

Press F1 Online was developed by IDG Web manager Mark Evans, using Lotus Domino as its database engine and NetObjects fusion to design the graphical front-end.

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