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lynx-dev RE: Vintage LYNX

From: Al Gilman
Subject: lynx-dev RE: Vintage LYNX
Date: Thu, 07 Oct 1999 12:19:59 -0500

At 08:00 AM 10/7/99 -0700, you wrote:
>Hi Al,
>Thanks for your reply.  The notetakers are 8088s.  An old technology, but
>quite a lot of our blind users still rely on them.  They have an internet
>component and in the past were able to use LYNX along with Compuserve
>dial-up.  They don't have much in the way of memory, so that is a limitation
>as far as installing files on them, but I did pull down a copy of Bobcat.
>Would that be the one to try?

That is _a_ one to try.

There is a limit to where it pays to invest in maintaining compatibility with
so puny a device.  If it has less raw compute power than a Palm III, you have
to wonder.

For further advice indicating the pros and cons of different ones to try, you
might want to try the doslynx-dev list if that still runs.

You should also think about hosting a HumanWare-sponsored transcoder site. 
This would be the equivalent of a proxy server except that the server would
a transcoder [Lynx -dump would serve] on the retrieved page to reduce it to
text or more likely an XML dialect with hotlinks that was then sent on to the
note-taker-user.  This is the strategy being pursued by the telephone browser

Did you read Walt Mossberg's review of browsing WebClippings with your Palm
in the WSJ?


>-----Original Message-----
>From: Al Gilman
>Sent: Wednesday, October 06, 1999 8:13 PM
>To: Linda Brown
>Cc: address@hidden
>Subject: Re: Vintage LYNX
>At 05:15 PM 10/6/99 -0700, you wrote:
>>We have a need for a text browser that will still work under DOS.  Can you
>>tell me what is the most recent version of LYNX is that supported DOS?  Can
>>I acquire a copy?  It's for use on a portable DOS-based notetaker that
>>cannot be upgraded for your more recent versions.
>>It would be greatly appreciated.
>How ancient or modern a processor do you have in the note-taker?  Lynx for
>requires a 386 or higher processor.  The current development code is
>code; the DOS386 host is one of the supported platforms i.e. reported
>problems on
>that platform get fixed so the latest Lynx to support DOS is as many days
>old as
>the latest development increment.
>Learn more at 
>Also subscribe to lynx-dev for peer support if you do anything with this.

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