Fog Creek Software
Discussion Board




Text based browser???

Is there any text based browser available? I don't want funky images & flash etc. etc. on the site to be seen. All I want is pure textual information & hyperlinks. It's really frustating to wait for the whole thing to download before being able to view the relevant info. I don't have access to a broadband connection. All I have is a decent dial-up. The connection sometimes is so clogged up that even a page like www.yahoo.com takes ages even to come up on the screen.

So, is there a browser available which will help me browse fast?

The One You Loved (TOYL)
Thursday, September 11, 2003

http://lynx.isc.org/release/

Konrad
Thursday, September 11, 2003

http://www.google.com/search?hl=&cat=&meta=&q=text+based+browser

I am Google. I find many things
Thursday, September 11, 2003

1) Start IE
2) Go int Tools->Internet Options...->Advanced
3) Scroll all the way down to "Show pictures"
4) Uncheck

Congratulation, you now have a "text-based" browser !

;)

F
Thursday, September 11, 2003

I'll second Lynx, which is a good console based browser.

Ged Byrne
Thursday, September 11, 2003

Hi, This lynx is just great. In fact I'm posting this message from the lynx browser. Cooool....

The One You Loved (TOYL)
Thursday, September 11, 2003

Links (note the spelling) is actually a better console browser than Lynx -- in particular, it can render tables. I believe you can actually get it to run under cygwin. (http://links.sf.net)

Prasenjeet Dutta
Thursday, September 11, 2003

w3m is also quite nice. It does tables as well, and even frames by converting them to tables first. Newer versions seem to support inline images under X11. http://w3m.sourceforge.net

motta
Thursday, September 11, 2003

I believe Mozilla and Opera also allow you to turn of all loading and showing of images, if that's what you're after, rather than a browser that you can run in a text console.

Roel Schroeven
Thursday, September 11, 2003

Another approach coud be installing a local proxy with functionality to filter unwanted information, such as ad banners, fash, pop up windows, java scripts, frames and so on. I use "The Proximitron", a very easy to install, very configurable program. In conjunction with Mozilla Firebird (with Block image from this server) this works wonders.

Andrey
Thursday, September 11, 2003

Andrey: I second Andrey...

Li-fan Chen
Thursday, September 11, 2003

It doesn't have to be Mozilla, but a good proxy filter will do wonders.

-- David

Li-fan Chen
Thursday, September 11, 2003

I like Opera, there's a button on the toolbar that lets you disable images, but then toggle them on if you get to a page where you do want them to load.

Rob H
Thursday, September 11, 2003

A few years ago, Microsoft released a PowerToy for Internet Explorer called Image Toggler that allowed images to be easily turned off.  I'm not sure if it works with the latest version. 

Going through the Advanced tab of Internet Options and disabling images, video, sound, third party extensions, etc. will also get the job done, though this doesn't allow easy reenabling while browsing.

I believe most of the third party Internet Explorer frames (I know MyIE2 does) support shutting down these content types from the toolbar. 

SomeBody
Thursday, September 11, 2003

I'll second the nomination for links, which I use to post this. Actually, it's a version of elinks, which was a fork that added some features. I don't know what the current state of either is, but if you are interested, check out elinks as well.

Mike Swieton
Thursday, September 11, 2003

*  Recent Topics

*  Fog Creek Home