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Re: lynx-dev Problem with parameters sent in Lynx

From: Peter Rasmussen
Subject: Re: lynx-dev Problem with parameters sent in Lynx
Date: Sun, 29 Dec 2002 22:02:16 +0100

On Sun Dec 29 20:39:42 2002 Thomas Dickey <address@hidden> wrote:
>On Sun, Dec 29, 2002 at 08:13:03PM +0100, Peter Rasmussen wrote:
>> 1.Even if I specify an external editor I am not able to bring it up in a
>>   TEXTAREA field. 
>There are possibly different key bindings.  I don't use this much, but was
>just now able to run the external editor with control/X followed by 'e'.
Now I was able to bring up the external editor, and being a vi/vim guy I
probably fouled up those despicable Emacs key bindings ;-)

>> 2.From before when I meet the META tag REFRESH I have noticed that Lynx never
>>   continues, but I have to click myself for it to continue, eg. when I go to
>> I get the following line:
>> REFRESH(0 sec):
>> and the file presently has this:
>> <META HTTP-EQUIV="REFRESH" CONTENT="0; URL=login_screen.cgi">
>> <HTML>
>> </HTML>
>I don't see this (may depend on routing).  I do see the "REFRESH(0 sec" line
>and a link which takes me to the login screen.  Attaching a portion of the
>corresponding trace, which may be of use.
OK, the:

<META HTTP-EQUIV="REFRESH" CONTENT="0; URL=login_screen.cgi">

is the whole index.html file.

I'm sorry, but I didn't check your trace file (presently I only have mailx
and no utilities to decode base64, if only you had used uuencode ... :-) but I
probably still wouldn't have understood it.

As I understand it, using Refresh 0 is bad, but I suppose using 1 and above
instead of 0 isn't bad, so at least for those I would be happy if Lynx would
automatically redirect. Or is that a problem for some reason?

The only thing I use it for is, if I want an easy way to tell a browser not to
use this or that static file, but instead some other file, that is very often a
dynamically generated file. And very often it is mostly because I like to start
on as low a barrier as possible, even if it is considered a hack. Eventually
things get corrected, but first things first.

I always test a lot and on as many browsers as possible because I realize they
all have their little quirks. Until now I haven't been able to include Lynx in
my test-suite, even though I have today learned that technically _I_ was wrong,
I just didn't know:-) and now it seems like I will soon be able to tell 
endusers of my software that it has _also_ been tested with Lynx, one of the
oldest browsers on the market!

Thanks a lot,


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