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© December 2003 Tony Lawrence

Text based browser.

Some of you probably can't imagine why you'd care about that, but in fact I use Lynx every single day. No, not to browse web pages, but to dump them out to text:

lynx -dump -nolist somepage.html

I do that to make text versions of the FAQ pages in the ftp directory.

Of course, every now and then I really need it: setting up a machine with some stubborn or unsupported video card that is keeping me in text mode. Lynx lets me at least get to SOME web sites, though far too many are unfriendly in that regard and if they work at all, are very difficult to use without graphics.

I try to keep my own pages usable with Lynx, but less and less people consider that at all.

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"I try to keep my own pages usable with Lynx, but less and less people consider that at all."

Memories (the human kind, that is) are very short in this industry. It's as though most "movers and shakers" in the computer biz suffer from a serious case of ADD. Yesterday's browser doesn't work with today's web pages, yesterday's hardware doesn't work with today's software and yesterday's version of MS Word doesn't work with today's version of MS Windows. This is improvement? How would these ADD sufferers like it if the local power company changed the voltage each week? That antique table lamp given to you by Grandma last Christmas would no longer work with today's electricity supply.


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