Lynx is a text-based web browser that doesn’t support HTML tables or digital imagery. Despite its drawbacks, it still holds a dear place in my heart because Lynx was the second web browser (after Netscape) I’ve ever used. Honestly, who really needs all of that DHTML fluffery? If you frequent sites that display what really matters, content, then Lynx will suit you fine.
I’ve yet to figure out how to connect to my ISP with PPP (review PPP tutorial) so I can only provide instructions on viewing and designing web
pages off-line. Let’s create a quick and dirty web site that we will use to learn how to use lynx.
First let’s create a directory for our web pages (HTML files).
cd ~ CHANGE TO HOME DIRECTORY
mkdir html CREATE DIRECTORY FOR WEB PAGES
cd /html CHANGE TO html DIRECTORY
Now let’s make a web page with the JOE text editor.
joe test.htm CREATE AND OPEN text.htm FILE IN JOE
CTRL+K then H DISPLAY JOE COMMANDS AND OPTIONS
Type the following lines of HTML code in the JOE text editor.
<title>Lynx test page.</title>
I can design pages for the Lynx web browser!
All we need to do now is save our work and open our HTML document.
CTRL+K then X SAVE DOCUMENT AND EXIT JOE
lynx ~/html/test.htm OPEN DOCUMENT IN LYNX
Monkey Linux provides all the tools necessary to write and test web
pages like the text-version of ProjectDevolve.tripod.com. Now we just need to figure out how to use Lynx to browse web sites while connected to the internet.