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ELinks

Operating systems : Windows, Linux

Features : Configuration : Use : Screenshots : Download links

ELinks is an effort to create an advanced text-based web browser. It started as a fork based on the code of Links browser. Aiming first to try and realize several features more or less weak / absent in Links. Hence "E" in "ELinks" - "Experimental" [Links]. The success of the effort made it to be understood as "Extended" or "Enhanced".

There was a crossroad at the point when Links browser achieved certain level of completeness, surpassing in some areas then the most advanced text mode web browser, Lynx: to move forward into displaying graphics and further beyond pure text or to enhance text-based web surfing experience beyond boundaries reached first by Lynx and then Links browsers - but still keeping it in text mode. The first course resulted into a Links version capable of displaying graphic content of web pages - Links2. The second one is ELinks web browser.

Lynx was and is a very mature software in its kind. Its authors conceived and realized a quite elaborate concept of web surfing in text mode with specific abstractions and conventions, which aided to overcome many restrictions and shortages of text-based surfing and created an experience, a world so definitely different from rapidly expanding graphical web. But with the time HTML and hardware moved forward, spread of scripting languages took place, the whole world of presenting, finding and consuming information advanced. New possibilities appeared.

Many of them were realized in Links web browser, but then next shift in information visual presentation in web documents - from more of HTML to more of CSS - made new roads open; even still keeping it to be in text mode. And that is where ELinks tries to come: colors in enabled consoles, some CSS positioning and even beginning of JavaScript / ECMAScript support. Technical part of networking (like SSL support) and various text encodings support were pretty strong in Links browser already, but ELinks enhanced some features and made others to be more worked out.

ELinks moved forward the concept of text mode web browser, making ELinks the most advanced example of it. Although Lynx still keeps positions pretty strongly. Its concept of text mode web surfing even if being simplifying, bringing different approach to information presentation and handling rather than trying to be resembling to graphical web browsers environment - works quite well. Web documents become more and more complicated in realization and (while having all the inevitable restrictions of text mode web browsing) to follow a different way of handling it is quite competitive to trying to be like mainstream, graphic full featured web browsers of desktop computers. It is like this dilemma for smaller screen mobile devices browsers: to try and imitate full sized display computers or to transform web document and make it corresponding to the characteristics of the environment. Text-based web browsers are used mostly on computers with more or less large displays, so there are less of dimensional restrictions and more temptations: Lynx - to stay restrained, ELinks - to extend it.

Features

Text-based web browser. Versions for Linux, other *nix systems, Windows, DOS, OS/2, BeOS and some others.

HTML ( tables and frames including ). Meagre support for CSS and JavaScript ( More ). Support for 16, 88 or 256 colors palette in capable terminal emulators / consoles.

Tabbed browsing, background download with queuing. Mouse support. Editing of text boxes / forms in web pages in external text editor. Shortcuts for URLs. Scripting in Perl, Lua, Guile, Ruby. Passing URI of a web page in ELinks or URI of a link in a web page in ELinks to external applications: from clipboard app (to copy URI and paste it some place else) to other web browser, etc. Control over how HTML of the surfed web pages is rendered: like display frames or not. Bookmarks. And More.

HTTP and Proxy authentication. Persistent HTTP cookies. SSL. http, https, ftp, fsp, IPv4, IPv6 and experimentally BitTorrent, gopher, nntp protocols.

Configuration

Go to "ELinks. Configuration" page. A description valid for Linux + some other *nix systems versions of ELinks and except a couple of things also for Windows ones.

Use

Go to "ELinks. Use" page. A description valid for Linux + some other *nix systems versions of ELinks and except a couple of things also for Windows ones.

Screenshots

ELinks for Linux in GNOME Terminal 2.32.1 on Zenwalk Linux

ELinks 0.12pre2:

elinks.cz

Image : ELinks - Linux - 1

ELinks 0.12pre2:

w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp

Image : ELinks - Linux - 2

ELinks 0.12pre2:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ELinks

Image : ELinks - Linux - 3

ELinks 0.12pre2:

ebay.com

Image : ELinks - Linux - 4

ELinks 0.12pre2:

twitter.com

Image : ELinks - Linux - 6

ELinks for Windows in Win32 console

ELinks 0.11.6:

elinks.cz

Image : ELinks - Windows - 1

ELinks 0.11.6:

w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp

Image : ELinks - Windows - 2

ELinks 0.11.6:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ELinks

Image : ELinks - Windows - 3

ELinks 0.11.6:

ebay.com

Image : ELinks - Windows - 4

ELinks 0.11.6:

twitter.com

Image : ELinks - Windows - 6

Download links

ELinks for Linux: Look for an ELinks package in the repository of your Linux distribution, if it is not already installed during the distribution installation process.

ELinks for Windows: Download ELinks prepared for working under Windows without Cygwin. Unpack and run.

Or go to the source code download page on elinks.cz.


Aliosque subditos et thema

 

CSS. Target Opera only

 

CSS targeting Opera web browser only: This text is red in Opera HTML / XHTML. Code: <p>This text is red in Opera</p> CSS. Code: doesnotexist:-o-prefocus, p {color: #f00;} The -o-prefocus pseudo-class allows styling elements for Opera browser only. The code is placed in the common CSS file, not in a separate one as it is in case of Internet Explorer conditional comments. Source: http://www.opera.com/docs/specs/presto2.12/css/o-vendor/ [ 1 ] Opera 3.5 - 5.0 ignores "doesnotexist:-o-prefocus" and reads code as p {color: #f00;}. Opera 6.0 - 9.4 ignores the whole code starting "doesnotexist". [ 2 ] Internet Explorer 5.5+, Firefox 1.0+, Google Chrome, Safari 3.1+, SeaMonkey 1.0+, Netscape 7.2+, Mozilla 1.5+ ignore the whole code starting "doesnotexist". Older browsers like Internet Explorer before 5.5 or Netscape before 7.2 or Mozilla before 1.5 seem to ignore the uncommon, Opera 9.5+ specific code ("doesnotexist:-o-prefocus") and apply styles to what they understand - here it is the p tag; making the text in it red. [ 3 ] The text is red in Dillo 3.0.1 as well.

JavaScript + CSS centering

 

Centering content of a web page by means of JavaScript and CSS. A block containing the content of a page is JavaScript + CSS centered horizontally and vertically. Two cases: 1. A block is centered, if screen resolution is equal to or greater than 1024x768 - [ Open demo page ] 2. A block is centered, if screen resolution is equal to or greater than 1024x768 + mouse cursor is moved over a link in an element of the page content - [ Open demo page ] JavaScript and CSS horizontal and vertical centering. The first case. Step by step. 1. A web page, the part of which is going to be the element the JavaScript + CSS horizontal and vertical centering is to be applied to: HTML / XHTML. Code: <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd"> <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en" lang="en"> <head> <title>JavaScript + CSS horizontal and vertical centering. The first case. Step 1</title> <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=Windows-1252" /> <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="1.css" /> </head> <body>   </body> </html> CSS. Code: html {height: 100%; margin: 0px;} body {background-color: #fff; margin: 0px; height: 100%;} 2. A block element A (grey color) with dimensions declared explicitly, for instance 800 by 500 pixels and with relative positioning is created in the document's body. [ Open demo page ] HTML / XHTML. Code: <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd"> <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en" lang="en"> <head> <title>JavaScript + CSS horizontal and vertical centering. The first case. Step 2</title> <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=Windows-1252" /> <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="2.css" /> </head> <body> <div class="element_A">&nbsp;</div> </body> </html> CSS.