WWW FAQs: How do I link to a UseNet newsgroup from a web page?

2007-03-12: You can create a link to a UseNet newsgroup in such a way that the user's browser will automatically launch the user's preferred UseNet "newsreader" software. To do so, just write a link like this one:

<a href="news:talk.bizarre">Read the talk.bizarre newsgroup</a>

However, bear in mind that while most users do have Outlook Express, which has UseNet newsreader capabilities, in many cases it has never been set up correctly. The link above will fail for such users, or prompt for configuration information that the user knows nothing about.

If you are linking to a public newsgroup, an alternative method is to link to the newsgroup via Google Groups, which offers a friendly interface to UseNet newsgroups without the need for correct settings on the user's PC:

<a href="http://groups.google.com/group/talk.bizarre/topics">Read talk.bizarre via Google Groups</a>

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