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Friday, July 13, 2007

Surf Your Text Web Like Search Engine Crawl it

Lynx is a text-only Web browser for use on cursor-addressable, character cell terminals. This small browser allows webmasters to see what their pages will look like when crawled by search engine. In addition to that, it can help determine if web pages are accessible to the vision impaired.

Most search engine spiders like google see your site much as Lynx would. If fancy features such as JavaScript, cookies, session IDs, frames, DHTML, or Flash keep you from seeing all of your site in a text browser, then search engine spiders may have trouble crawling your site.

Development History

Lynx is a product of the Distributed Computing Group within Academic Computing Services of the University of Kansas, and was initially developed in 1992 by a team of students at the university (Lou Montulli, Michael Grobe and Charles Rezac) as a hypertext browser used solely to distribute campus information as part of a Campus-Wide Information Server. In 1993 Montulli added an Internet interface and released a new version (2.0) of the browser [1] [2] [3].

Garrett Blythe created DosLynx and later joined the Lynx effort as well. Foteos Macrides ported much of Lynx to VMS and maintained it for a time. In 1995, Lynx was released under the GNU General Public License, and is now maintained by a group of volunteers led by Thomas Dickey.

Lynx cannot inherently display various types of non-text content on the web, such as images and video, but it can launch external programs to handle it, like an image viewer or video player.

Lynx runs on Unix, VMS, Windows 95/98/NT, DOS386+ but not 3.1, 3.11, or OS/2 EMX. The current developmental version is also available for testing. Ports to Macintosh are in beta test.

Now, lynx browser currently working on Lynx 2.8.7 and it is undergoing field testing for eventual release as v2.9 version.

See this text browser at here.

To Download Lynx Browser click here

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