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2005/03/21 links,elinks

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Links is an alternative to Lynx. If you are stuck in a text mode and need to use a browser, I think "links" is friendlier and easier to use. With Lynx, I often find myself confused and "stuck" - the ESC key in Links turns a menu system on and off; very easy to understand. Though what I usually use Lynx for is something entirely different: just to get a quick ascii dump of a page. For that use, Lynx defaults to including a list of links, and I don't think Links even has that as an option.

Links properly displays tables (or at least does so much more than Lynx does), which is useful if you are using this for more than just dumping text. It also has at least some understanding of css, so while text views are never going to look like they do in a graphics browser, they have more chance with Links. According to the home page, it even has some Javascript support.

Links and Elinks aren't necessarily the same thing, although they are on my RedHat box. You can find Elinks at http://elinks.or.cz/ and Links at http://artax.karlin.mff.cuni.cz/~mikulas/vyplody/links/

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Mon Mar 21 09:14:41 2005: 211   anonymous

Links is pretty cool, and besides firefox it's probably the second most used browser that I use on a day to day basis.

It's also not text-only. There are versions that can do dual duty.. a graphics browser or a text-only browser. It's very simple, of course. No plug-ins or java support or anything like that. (supports java-scripting though.)

It can display in X, it can display in the console using svgalibs and use a framebuffer. If you combine links on a framebuffer plus gpm then you can a pretty functional graphics browser without the overhead of having X. And even if you want X then it's very lightweight, which makes it usefull for when your running a OS on hardware without very much aviable resources.

I think the graphical version calls itself 'links 2'. It's aviable here:


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