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Re: lynx-dev and why can one not use lynx to chat?

From: Klaus Weide
Subject: Re: lynx-dev and why can one not use lynx to chat?
Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2000 18:43:09 -0600 (CST)

On Sat, 18 Nov 2000, karen lewellen wrote:

> i have asked this on the doslynx list before and have never goten
> a real answer.  what is the reason one cannot visit websites that
> have chat rooms and use the lynx driver to chat there?  does
> someone using explorer or one of the others use a third party
> program, something that you might incorporate into your personal
> lynx usage on an external basis?
> just wondering, it seems odd that you can do so much of
> everything else.  say i can visit a forum at, log in,
> post messages, but cannot frequent a chat room? thanks,

One *can* use lynx to "chat" in chat rooms.  I just did
it.  It is possible, but not very convenient - for one thing, you
have to refresh the page manually to see new messages.  

I don't remember how exactly I got there - you have to experiment
a bit.  But one thing necessary is that you have to set some kind
of chat preference (I don't remember the wording) from "Java" to

The whole thing is not very lynx-friendly since it uses frames.
But in principle the stuff they use to implement "chat rooms" is
compatible with lynx - it's just plaint HTTP and HTML.  If you
want the site to be more accessible with lynx, you should talk to


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