Lynx is a text-based World Wide Web (WWW) browser. Using Lynx, almost all the information on the WWW is available.
The primary difference between Lynx and other WWW browsers is that Lynx displays only the text on a WWW page; it cannot display images or other special file formats. And instead of a mouse, keyboard keys are used to navigate through the hypertext links.
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|UP and DOWN ARROW||to move the cursor up and down the current page|
|RIGHT ARROW||to connect to the highlighted link|
|LEFT ARROW||to return to the previous page|
|SPACEBAR||to move down a page|
H)elp O)ptions P)rint G)o M)ain screen Q)uit /=search [delete]=history list
To choose a menu option, type the letter that precedes the parenthesis. For example, type q to quit Lynx. Following is a breakdown of each menu item and its function:
H)elp | O)ptions | P)rint | G)o | M)ain screen | Q)uit | /=search | [delete]=history list
The Help Menu offers the following topics:
|BACKSPACE||history list that displays list of pages visited|
|SPACEBAR||go to bottom of current page|
|RIGHT ARROW||move forward to next WWW page (link)|
|LEFT ARROW||move backward to previous WWW page (link)|
|DOWN ARROW||move to next input field or link on the current page|
|TAB||(same as above)|
|UP ARROW||move cursor up on the current page|
|RETURN||move forward to next WWW page from current highlighted link|
|CTRL-W||refresh the page|
|CTRL-U||erase input line|
The Options menu customizes Lynx settings that include the following:
This option identifies a file where Lynx stores URLs (addresses) for frequently visited links. The bookmark file is assigned a default name that does not need to be altered. To set a bookmark, type a for Add. The following prompt will appear:
Save D)ocument or L)ink to bookmark file or C)ancel? (d,l,c):
Type d to save a link to the current page. To save the link that is currently highlighted on the page, type l. To cancel the bookmark option, type c. The list of URLs saved as bookmarks can be viewed in Lynx by typing v.
This option allows you to easily send files to your personal e-mail account. At the main screen type o to enter options, then type p at the command prompt. Type the desired e-mail address, and press the RETURN key.
To send a file through e-mail from the main screen, type p. This command will take you to the print menu and offer four printing options (see Print Section). Select "Mail the file." Your e-mail address should appear. However, you may enter another address. Press the RETURN key to send the file.
There are four different print options:
This command takes you back to the Lynx home page. After you type the "M," a prompt appears that confirms the request to return to the main screen. Type y or n to accept or reject the request.
Type q to quit Lynx and return to the UNIX prompt. Type y or n at the prompt to confirm exiting Lynx. Type exit to quit the UNIX system.
Press the [/] key to search for a desired word or phrase. Lynx will ask for a search word or phrase and will search the current page. If the word is found, Lynx positions the line containing the result at the top of the screen.
The DELETE (BACKSPACE) key shows a list of WWW pages that were visited in the current session.
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