Re: Consider Non-GUI browsers

Subject: Re: Consider Non-GUI browsers
From: "Wilcox, John (WWC, Contractor)" <wilcoxj -at- WDNI -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 3 Jul 1998 13:01:10 -0700

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> From: Katav[SMTP:katav -at- yahoo -dot- com]
> when it occured to me that one thing overlooked by most (many) html
> coders is the poor person who depends upon a Lynx (or similar) text
> interface.
> Something to consider ... and yes, Virginia, there ARE people out
> there who - for one reason or another - lack a GUI browser or
> supporting ISP connection. (My Free Net account is accessed via
> Hyperterm and as $10 modem.)
I have Lynx available through a Linux shell account at my ISP. Though I
haven't used it in probably close to a year, it is handy for doing speed
searches, since text-based Lynx is probably 50 times as fast as either
Netscape or Internet Explorer. But even when using Netscape 4 (which I
have at home) or IE 4 (which I am forced to use at work), I find it very
annoying to encounter pages where you have to load the graphics in order
to do anything. It seems that most web designers assume that people
either 1) just use the web to look at pictures or 2) have to be
graphically stimulated while looking for information. (Perhaps this
mentality was learned from the same school of thought that teaches that
you will simply not be able to get your shopping done without top 40
songs blaring overhead.)


John Wilcox, Documentation Specialist
Timberlands Information Services, Application Delivery Group
Weyerhaeuser, WWC 2E2, Box 2999
Tacoma, WA 98477-2999 USA
253-924-7972 mailto:wilcoxj -at- wdni -dot- com
(I don't speak for Weyerhaeuser, and they return the favor.)

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