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Re: [Lynx-dev] maclynx -- utf8-ignore and/or update...

From: Walter Ian Kaye
Subject: Re: [Lynx-dev] maclynx -- utf8-ignore and/or update...
Date: Sun, 30 May 2010 19:33:30 -0700

At 02:58 p -0400 05/29/2010, Thomas Dickey didst inscribe upon an electronic papyrus:

On Sat, 29 May 2010, Walter Ian Kaye wrote:

Anyway, I kind of wonder if the `Load Internally' thing worked
for him.  Is a bit tedious since it adds an extra step to viewing
any UTF-8 page, but I managed okay.

I've wanted to view all sorts of text/* files (CSS, JavaScript, etc.) in addition to various encodings. I've generally saved to disk and then opened from there. Never understood why Lynx made me go through that, as Lynx is so smart in other ways.

There's two different cases:

a) UTF-8 is an encoding that wasn't supported in lynx 2.7.1, so (like some
CJK encodings still unsupported...), lynx just downloads it.

b) CSS, etc., are different mime types.  In principle, one could lynx
to pretend they're just a type of plain-text (but that's not always simple).

I guess what I don't understand is, what could possibly go wrong with treating unknown text/* as text/plain? Actually I'd like the option of viewing any file as text/plain (such as .doc), because various "binary" file formats actually contain a lot of plain text plus some binary data, and I'm interested in the plain text data. You know, kind of like how Lynx sees the important parts of the Web. ;)


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