Moves are under way to publish a textbook on 19th-century history on the World Wide Web. The University of Hong Kong's history department is aiming to make it easier for students to access information. The textbook for first-year students is expected to be on the network by September next year. Department head Dr Thomas Stanley said it would contain information other than lecture notes, texts and pictures, and would make use of music and video. He said it aimed to give students a new perspective on learning. 'It gives people as much information as possible in as many formats as possible, which makes it much easier for students to remember,' he said. 'It connects students with far more information than they are likely to receive now, and they can get access to it from anywhere - the library, computer centre or even at home. 'The connection from our textbook to Web sites throughout the world allows students to look at our material and get resources from the database of other countries.' The Web textbook can also be updated without the need for a new edition to be printed. Students will be invited to make recommendations by March next year when part of the book will be ready. The university's Social Sciences Research Centre has created an Internet homepage on British Studies, with help from the British Council and the University of Macau.