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      26.07.2000 08:17
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      Lynx is a non-graphical, text only, plain, bread and butter web browser. And I would now be absolutely lost without it. Ok, it doesn't do flash, it doesn't do java, it doesn't do javascript and it won't even show you images without a bit of playing around. But by god it's fast. None of this faffing about downloading 200 images per page or freezing as it parses your table for displaying. Just straight in there, fetch the text, and display. Yum. It's true, a lot of sites aren't designed for non-graphical browsers any more. But then, a lot of sites aren't designed for people with small displays either - it's the fault of the web designed, not the display. A fully patched version of Lynx handles tables beautifully, is easy to read using colour, navigation is a doddle using the cursor keys, cookies and bookmarks are available, and frames are handled adequately, if not perfectly. The only thing it really needs is basic javascript handling (as filling in a form then finding that it uses javascript to submit it for some reason known only to the designer is extremely annoying) I think most unix systems have Lynx installed as default now, but if you want the latest distribution, it can be found at http://lynx.browser.org/ - I believe it can even be installed under windows. As I demonstrated to a friend who was struggling with a 3-hour download of a large text document from an American university, if nothing else, it can go grab your text files in a couple of minutes instead of a couple of hours. I love my Lynx.

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