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Re: Lynx as primary browser (was Re: [Lynx-dev] how to maximize client a

From: Walter Ian Kaye
Subject: Re: Lynx as primary browser (was Re: [Lynx-dev] how to maximize client area???)
Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2005 15:23:56 -0800

At 09:53p +0000 01/30/2005, Thorsten Glaser didst inscribe upon an electronic papyrus:

Stef Caunter dixit:

 >On Sun, 30 Jan 2005 address@hidden wrote:
 >> surely, anyone outside the poorest parts of the World today
 >> has access to Firefox, Konqueror & other graphical browsers,
 >> which display WWW pages as their authors intend them to be seen.


* I design my web pages (e.g. ) to
  be optimised for Lynx and still look not too bad in Konqueror,

Me too. ;)

  and be XHTML/1.1 compliant.

Screw xhtml. <g>  I'm sticking with HTML, just like I stick with Lynx. :-)
I expect both to outlive me. ;)

 >> Lynx still has important uses, but in limited contexts.

No, Lynx is the primary browser for many people, including myself.
I'm using it for about 98% of all websites.

On the wonderfully graphic Mac OS X, I set up Lynx as my default browser. :D
But it's not sticking... think I need to add a plist to my AppleScript applet to claim the MIME types and filename extensions... perhaps I'll just copy/paste from Netscape....

 >But I won't see lynx marginalized here. For many people it is our primary
>browser for HTTP; no one's personal usage has a priori primacy in a universal
 >context. The lynx browser is as useful as you choose to make it.

And it's the only browser I know which supports
* textfields-need-activation

Qu'est-ce que c'est?

* navigation by numbering links and form fields
* partial displaying with a threshold of 1


* a source view starting where in the rendered form
  of the page you're in right now

Eh? Is that a special setting? My Lynx always goes to the top of the page.

The only "starting where..." that works for me is editing bookmarks, but that only works right for a few hundred links; after that there's a cumulative error in line counting. Perhaps I should report that separately as a bug....

* tables rendered in a way not trashing keyboard navigation
  when not using numbered
* spawning $EDITOR on a form field (COOL!)

OmniWeb has something similar -- click a tiny box in a corner of the text field and up pops an editor window.

I miss a few things, but I can live with it.
And not one of these features I miss does a
graphical browser give me.

P...r...0...n. LOL

 whose Lynx bookmark file is about a megabyte (to-do list: learn how to manage
 multiple bookmark files)

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