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lynx-dev older uses of Lynx (was COOKIE_something)

From: Philip Webb
Subject: lynx-dev older uses of Lynx (was COOKIE_something)
Date: Tue, 21 Dec 1999 11:53:34 -0500 (EST)

991221 Henry Nelson wrote: 
> the second paragraph of the _Lynx Users Guide_:
>    Lynx can be used to            ...                       build
>    information systems intended primarily for local access. For example,
>    Lynx has been used to build several Campus Wide Information Systems
>    (CWIS). In addition, Lynx can be used to build systems isolated within
>    a single LAN.
> As I understand, and as I have experienced one such system on a community
> net in California about 4 years ago, Lynx becomes a "pseudo-shell",
> and is essentially the only interface the user has to the system.
> The system I once used is still in existence,
> but to my knowledge not a single person is utilizing it.
> Why would anyone?  You can build your own computer from junk parts
> that will run Windows95/98 (or, of course, Linux/xxxBSD)
> for about 3-months' worth of ISP connection fees.

in the great state of California or even the hills of Japan, no doubt,
but out in Ethiopia or Bolivia or even Vladivostok?
those users are probably very grateful for Lynx,
but have never heard of lynx-dev: once in a long while, we hear from one.
> People stuck on these kinds of systems have no choice
> but to use what is on the O)ption Page and can only save
> their configuration preferences in .lynxrc -- if they are lucky.
> Would any *suggestions* I might make re current development versions
> affect such people?  No.
correct, in the sense that they're probably using 2-4-2 or so.

i'm not commenting on the big debate re the long list of ways
of changing options, settings etc discussed by you & KW,
but have long expressed the view that Lynx should have
a smaller number of simpler ways of making such choices.

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