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ELinks - Text-based or console web browser. Description: features, screenshots, download links.

ELinks. Configuration - How to configure ELinks.


Once started, ELinks allows a user to do almost all it is capable of by means of its menu. So it is only how to start ELinks and how to do several other things as an example that is explained here.

1 ) Starting ELinks - ELinks may be run under a GUI environment (X Windows, MS Windows, etc) or some command-line interface. In the first case a terminal emulator / console must be opened before ELinks is to be started: xterm, rxvt, Win32 console and others:

ELinks ( Linux )

- To start ELinks, enter command:

elinks

- To start ELinks opening a web document from Internet:

elinks Web address of a web document

- To start ELinks accessing hard disk to browse local folders:

elinks file:///

or:

elinks /

- To start ELinks opening a local folder:

elinks file:///home/user1/

or:

elinks /home/user1/

- To start ELinks opening a local file:

elinks file:///home/user1/document1.htm

or:

elinks /home/user1/document1.htm

ELinks ( Windows )

- To start ELinks, enter command:

elinks

- To start ELinks opening a web document from Internet:

elinks Web address of a web document

- To start ELinks accessing hard disk to browse local folders:

elinks file:///

- To start ELinks opening a local folder:

elinks file://c/home/user1/

- To start ELinks opening a local file:

elinks file://c/home/user1/document1.htm

2 ) To access the menu of ELinks:

Press Esc on keyboard

3 ) Opening a web document in ELinks already running:

Press g on keyboard or Esc --> File --> Go to URL --> [ Enter a web address ] --> Enter

4 ) Going back:

Left arrow of Arrow keys on keyboard or Esc --> File --> Go back

5 ) Opening a link in a new tab in background:

Shift - t or Esc --> Link --> Open in new tab in background

6 ) Going to the next tab:

Shift - > or Esc --> View --> Next tab

7 ) Closing a tab:

Press c on keyboard or Esc --> View --> Close tab

8 ) Passing a URI to an external application when running ELinks in a terminal emulator. There are many applications it is possible to pass a URI to, here it is about passing a URI to clipboard. Setting up this option is explained here:

To pass the URI of the web page ELinks is displaying at the moment to clipboard:

Alt - p

To pass the URI of a highlighted link in a page to clipboard:

Alt - l

9 ) Editing textarea of forms in an external editor. If ELinks is compiled with external editor support, one or another text editor present in the operating system may be used to handle text in textarea of forms, both in GUI and command-line environment. Setting up this option is explained here. To edit text in textarea of a form:

Move cursor to textarea of the form, press Enter on keyboard to start editing. Ctrl - t to open the external editor set during the configuration process. Enter / edit text in the editor opened. Then:

If it is a GUI editor:

Hit Save in its menu or use a keyboard shortcut, like Ctrl - S to save the text prepared. Close the editor's window - the text entered / edited and saved in the external editor gets to the textarea of the form, ready to be sent.

If it is a text-mode editor, vi or vim for instance:

Esc to exit insert mode, then : [colon] to start entering a command, wq, then Enter to save and quit. The text entered / edited and saved in the external editor gets to the textarea of the form, ready to be sent. If it is not vi or vim, the procedure is still the same, just use the corresponding commands of the editor.


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Screenshots in DOS

 

There are several programs for taking screenshots in DOS. SNARF, for instance. Using this application succeeded in taking screenshots in most of the cases. Also, the screenshots' quality (.BMP files) by SNARF results to be the highest among the programs tested: ScreenThief, VideoThief, FLIP, GRABBER, SNARF. Using SNARF with default settings is straightforward, but there is a shortcoming - SNARF always saves screenshots to the folder where the user is currently in. That could be inconvenient or unacceptable. And there is no obvious way to change it. But there is a roundabout option. The initial idea had been found on this page. The result based on it: 1. SNARF [ Download ] 2. Open SNARF.EXE in a text editor in text mode (not hex), find snarf000.bmp and replace it for s:scn000.bin 3. Create a batch file, S.BAT for example, where besides a string for starting SNARF.EXE will be a command assigning the path to the folder screenshots will be saved into to a virtual drive S: The folder and path may be any: C:\SOFT\SNARF.EXE SUBST S: C:\SCREENS\ 4. Start SNARF: S [or S.BAT] 5. To take a screenshot: Alt + S There will be two beeps. The first at the beginning and the second one as a sign the process has completed successfully. After the screenshots are taken, go to the folder where they are saved in and replace the file extensions from .BIN to .BMP SNARF - Freeware.

Arachne web browser. Installing and setting up for dial-up internet connection

 

A : Installing Arachne web browser on a disk created in RAM - Arachne runs the fastest this way. RAM size should allow for a RAM disk of 6 MB or more. In order to install and set up Arachne web browser for dial-up internet connection, there have to be several programs at hand: 1. Arachne web browser [ Download ] 2. If Arachne web browser is to be used for surfing web pages with character encoding other than Latin for West European languages, visit www.glennmcc.org/apm/ to find available character set packages and download the necessary one. 3. Mouse driver, mouse.com for instance [ Download ] 4. Archivers. For example, PKZIP [ Download ] and PKUNZIP [ Download ] 5. If it is not MS-DOS 6.0+ to be used, QEMM97 [ Download ] 6. If it is not MS-DOS 6.0+ to be used, TDSK [ Download ] Installing and setting up Arachne web browser, step by step: 1. Create a RAM disk. Which drive letter will be assigned to it comes from the assumption that A: and B: go to floppy drives (even if there is only one, both letters will be reserved anyway), C: goes to the first active primary MS-DOS partition on the first physical hard disk. If there are more disks, then there will be as many letters used consecutively as to name them all. Unless there are no devices installed using DRIVER.SYS or similar drivers, the next drive letter will be assigned to the RAM disk. In order to be sure, after having the relevant string for making RAM disk added to CONFIG.SYS (See below), computer could be restarted and what letter is assigned to the RAM disk checked by experiment. In this case, it is E: Depending on RAM size it needs to be decided how many megabytes can be reserved for RAM disk. Basically, the more the better. Since, for instance, web browser cache is going to swell during prolonged and intensive use within a session. In this example the RAM disk is 12 000 KB. The maximum size for RAMDRIVE.SYS MS-DOS driver is 32 767 KB, the one of TDSK - 64 MB. In order to create such a disk, the string has to be added somewhere in the middle of CONFIG.SYS as follows: DEVICE=C:\DOS\RAMDRIVE.SYS 12000 512 512 /E 2. Create a folder, for example C:\DRIVERS\. Put there a mouse driver, for instance mouse.com 3. Add a string starting mouse driver to AUTOEXEC.BAT. Specify there the full path to the driver, may be any: LH C:\DRIVERS\MOUSE.COM 4. Run MemMaker or OPTIMIZE from QEMM97 to optimize base memory management. If it is MemMaker, press Enter at any suggestion - MemMaker will handle it itself. Computer is going to restart several times, each time MemMaker will be re-running - again nothing, just Enter, is a safe choice. If it is QEMM97 (specifically OPTIMIZE), then there is going to be several restarts too and each time just pressing Enter is OK. 5. Start installation of Arachne web browser on RAM disk. In the case discussed it is E: A195GPL.EXE Press Y to continue: Press N to specify the path to the folder Arachne web browser is to be installed in: Specify the path to the folder Arachne web browser is to be installed in. In the case discussed it is E:\ARACHNE\.