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lynx-dev Re: Lynx advocacy

From: Thomas Dickey
Subject: lynx-dev Re: Lynx advocacy
Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2002 17:03:27 -0400
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On Mon, Jun 10, 2002 at 10:29:36PM -0500, Michael Jackson wrote:
> This time with my name and return address; mailto:address@hidden
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Apologies for the direct mail, this one not appropriate for list posting.
> Large professional computing institution that provides access to Lynx running
> on a Sun at the ISP it uses, has successfully employed a self-fulfilling
> prophecy on the popularity of Lynx so that it can pull the plug.  (The
> institution also provides its members with Pine access and have done the
> same there.  Lynx is at 2.6. 
>                 Lynx 2.8.4rel.1 (17 Jul 2001) (latest release)
> File that you are currently viewing
>    Linkname: How to get your ISP to upgrade Lynx
>         URL:
> gives some advice on persuading a provider to upgrade but appears to provide
> amunition against provider laziness rather than a provider's systematic death-
> wish.
> (The main thrust of the large professional computing institution's argument is
> that GUI browsers running on members' own PCs has obviated the need for a
> legacy web browser link Lynx and that its clung-to only by those who prefer
> Unix and text rather than GUIs).  (Spot their non sequitur).
> Not expecting you to wave a magic wand, but just wondering whether there is
> at least moral support for taking-on those who believe that any person without
> disabilities that chooses to run Lynx when they have the option of NS and 
> must be either mad or sad.

sure (but it's hard to argue with someone who thinks their customers are
largely pre-literate).

Thomas E. Dickey <address@hidden>

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