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lynx-dev LYNX: why does "n" or "/" reformat the html?

From: David Combs
Subject: lynx-dev LYNX: why does "n" or "/" reformat the html?
Date: Fri, 3 Dec 1999 12:02:29 -0800 (PST)

What I like to do is to set screen "wide" while browsing, generally.

But when I Print something out to a file, I like to do it "78 cols" wide.

So, I have two aliases (csh), wide and nowide.

So, before I Print, I ^Z and "nowide" and fg and either ^R or
go to the page to be printed, and then Print.

Then, assuming I remember to do it, I again ^z, do a "wide",
fg, and go back to prior page (of links) to choose next thing
to print.  THIS screen was set-up while "wide" was on.


Some sites, eg sunworld, have on most article pages, a link
titled "printer-friendly version (whole thing)".

So, you want to get to the first screenful of the desired
article, then search for that "friendly" screen, get TO
that [link], THEN ^Z, nowide, fg, "click" on that link,
and you get the whole article (including continuation-linked
subpart2, subpart3, ...).

TROUBLE IS: doing the SEARCH redoes the pagesize -- a DWIM (do what
I mean) that is NOT what most anyone would want -- given that
we have ^R (well, that does require new download).

It would be FAR better if we had a command that ONLY reformatted
the doc.


I end this longwinded post with repeating the proposal that
we have MULTIPLE-CHAR commands in lynx.


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