How to View the Web in Text Only with Lynx
Table of Contents

  Why text only?
What is lynx?
Using lynx
Mailing and Saving Documents
Menu Commands
Movement Keys
Scrolling


Why text only?

If you have an older computer that cannot support the new Internet software, or you have a modem slower than 14.4, lynx is a text alternative to the graphics-based Web browsers. If you find Netscape or other similar browsers too slow, lynx will speed up your access to information and all you lose are the graphics.


What is lynx?

Lynx is a text-based World Wide Web (WWW) browser, allowing you to retrieve information using hypertext. Hypertext allows you to explore a Web site and provides links to other related information. There are many similarities between lynx and other browsers. Lynx uses Web addresses to move between sites, and supports bookmarks. Bookmarks allow you to mark Web pages so that you have a record to return to in the future. You can then easily go to your favourite sites without following or remembering your original routes. Lynx cannot display graphics, video, or play sounds.


Using lynx

Log in to the Unix system. At the prompt, type lynx and press the <Enter> key. An example of a World Wide Web site is UMinfo, maintained by the University of Manitoba. On our systems, Lynx is configured to automatically connect to this home page. If lynx is displaying some other pages, you can go to the UMinfo home page, by pressing the "g" key. Lynx will then prompt you for an address. Enter:

    http://www.umanitoba.ca  

A screen, similar to the following will be displayed:

The bold words in the above screen represent links. For example, to follow the for Current Students link, use your <down-arrow> key to place the cursor on for Current Students and press the <Enter> key. The Current Students Web page will be displayed.


Mailing and Saving Documents

You can save a document you are viewing by using the "p" command and selecting from the menu that appears. You can e-mail or save the Web page as a file. If you choose save, the document will be placed in your Unix directory (not on your local computer!)


Menu Commands

KEY

ACTION

? or H Help
a Add the current link to your bookmark list
g Go to a specific address
I Shows the Internet Resources Meta-Index.
m Return to the main screen.
o Set your options.
p E-mail, print to local file or the screen.
q Quit
/ Search for a string of characters.
n Go to the next location of the search string entered using /
v View your bookmark file.
<Backspace> Go to the history page.



Movement Keys

KEY

ACTION

<down arrow> or <space bar> Highlight next topic.
<up arrow> or b Highlight previous topic.
<right arrow> or <Enter> Jump to highlighted topic.
<left arrow> Return to previous topic.



Scrolling

KEY

ACTION

+ or <space bar> Scroll down to next page.
- or b Scroll up to previous page.