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Web browsers for DOS

Operating systems : MS-DOS 6.0+, FreeDOS 1.0+

Arachne : Dillo : DOSLYNX : Lynx : Links : ELinks

Web browsers for DOS may be looked at as existing roughly in two categories. Web browsers which can be installed without excessive efforts + work stably within their capability. And the rest of the web browsers of functionality more or less limited or problematic.

The major web browsers for DOS include applications with GUI and text-based browsers. The graphical web browsers for DOS are several versions of Arachne - GPL version, Arachne Labs version, Ray Andrews version - and Dillo. As well as DR-WebSpyder based on Arachne and WebSpyder's variation - Lineo Embrowser. Text-based web browsers for DOS are a little bit more numerous: DOSLYNX, lynx, links, elinks.

The graphical web browsers for DOS even if being prominent among DOS web browsers for their capabilities are definitely inferior in comparison with major web browsers for Windows, Linux or Mac OS X due to the restrictions of the DOS nature, small user and developer base, some other reasons. The capabilities of the text-based web browsers for DOS differ less from the ones of text-based web browsers for other operating systems.

Arachne - / home page /

Graphical web browser for DOS ( More )

HTML, CSS1 ( More )

Arachne 1.95:

glennmcc.org

[ Image ] : Arachne - 1

Arachne 1.95:

freedos.org

[ Image ] : Arachne - 2

Arachne 1.95:

ebay.org

[ Image ] : Arachne - 3

Arachne 1.95:

wikipedia.org

[ Image ] : Arachne - 4

Arachne 1.95:

arachne.cz

[ Image ] : Arachne - 5

Arachne 1.95:

slackware.com

[ Image ] : Arachne - 6

Dillo - / home page /

Graphical web browser ported to DOS. Originally created for Linux and some other *nix systems, ported later to Windows and now DOS. There are versions for some handheld computers, for PlayStation2, Atari-based 68k-systems running MiNT, RISC OS.

HTML. CSS (?)

DOSLYNX - / home page /

Text-based web browser for DOS. Based on Lynx, but differs considerably in interface, keyboard shortcuts, the way web pages are displayed. All in all, DOSLYNX is less capable than Lynx or Links and ELinks.

HTML

DOSLYNX 0.41b:

users.ohiohills.com/fmacall

[ Image ] : DOSLYNX - 1

DOSLYNX 0.41b:

freedos.org

[ Image ] : DOSLYNX - 2

DOSLYNX 0.41b:

ebay.com

[ Image ] : DOSLYNX - 3

DOSLYNX 0.41b:

wikipedia.org

[ Image ] : DOSLYNX - 4

DOSLYNX 0.41b:

arachne.cz

[ Image ] : DOSLYNX - 5

DOSLYNX 0.41b:

slackware.com

[ Image ] : DOSLYNX - 6

Lynx - / home page /

Text-based web browser for DOS. A DOS version of one the most common web browsers with text user interface. There are ports to most various operating systems from Windows, Linux and Mac OS X to AmigaOS, OpenVMS and classic Mac OS.

HTML ( More )

Lynx 2.8.2:

lynx.isc.org

[ Image ] : Lynx - 1

Lynx 2.8.2:

freedos.org

[ Image ] : Lynx - 2

Lynx 2.8.2:

ebay.com

[ Image ] : Lynx - 3

Lynx 2.8.2:

wikipedia.org

[ Image ] : Lynx - 4

Lynx 2.8.2:

arachne.cz

[ Image ] : Lynx - 5

Lynx 2.8.2:

slackware.com

[ Image ] : Lynx - 6

Links - / home page /

Text-based web browser for DOS. A DOS version of one the most common web browsers with text user interface. There are ports to various operating systems, for instance, Windows and Linux.

HTML ( including tables and frames )

Links 2.1pre36:

jikos.cz/~mikulas/links

[ Image ] : Links - 1

Links 2.1pre36:

freedos.org

[ Image ] : Links - 2

Links 2.1pre36:

ebay.com

[ Image ] : Links - 3

Links 2.1pre36:

wikipedia.org

[ Image ] : Links - 4

Links 2.1pre36:

arachne.cz

[ Image ] : Links - 5

Links 2.1pre36:

slackware.com

[ Image ] : Links - 6

ELinks - / home page /

Text-based web browser for DOS. An enhanced version of Links. It is less common, than Lynx or Links, but it is the most capable of text-based web browsers for DOS. There are ports to various operating systems, for example, Windows and Linux.

HTML ( including tables and frames ). Meagre support for CSS

ELinks 0.13b:

elinks.cz

[ Image ] : ELinks - 1

ELinks 0.13b:

freedos.org

[ Image ] : ELinks - 2

ELinks 0.13b:

ebay.com

[ Image ] : ELinks - 3

ELinks 0.13b:

wikipedia.org

[ Image ] : ELinks - 4

ELinks 0.13b:

arachne.cz

[ Image ] : ELinks - 5

ELinks 0.13b:

slackware.com

[ Image ] : ELinks - 6

Besides major web browsers for DOS, there are others, which are by now either well outdated, or using them is accompanied by various complications, or they have been intentionally created for a limited range of task. Graphical web browsers: Webboy, SPIN and Skipper. Text-based web browsers: Bobcat, NetTamer, Minuet. Browsers for viewing off-line web pages: Knots, Open World Navigator, IntraDOS.


Aliosque subditos et thema

 

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.

JavaScript form submit

 

Submitting a form using JavaScript. A dropdown list (form + select + multiple options) is processed without any submit button. Example: --- Select a page --- Linux Windows DOS HTML / XHTML. Code: <form action="action.php" method="post"> <select name="page" required="required" onchange="this.form.submit()"> <option value="" selected="selected" disabled="disabled"> --- Select a page --- </option> <option value="http://www.kompx.com/en/os/linux-1.htm">Linux</option> <option value="http://www.kompx.com/en/os/windows-1.htm">Windows</option> <option value="http://www.kompx.com/en/os/dos-1.htm">DOS</option> </select> <noscript><input type="submit" value="Submit" /></noscript> </form> When an option has been chosen from the dropdown list, the form's state is changed. So the onchange event occurs and JavaScript code in onchange is executed: the process of the form submission in started by the script, not by clicking submit button which is absent. Some server-side script [ 3 ] is meant then to handle the form action. The script is supposed to get what the form sends and have it processed. A PHP script in action.php is used in the example: <?php if (isset($_POST["page"])) {     header("Location: $_POST[page]");     exit; } else {     echo "No options selected"; } $_POST is an array of variables passed to the current script via the HTTP POST method. So $_POST[page] contains the content of the value attribute in a select option. That is, a URL. It is passed from form to PHP script and the script redirects browser to the URL / page selected. HTML code of <noscript><input type="submit" value="Submit" /></noscript> is present in the form as a fallback in case JavaScript happens to be turned off. Then there is a submit button to appear and the form is usable anyway. [ 1 ] As well as Netscape 3.04+, Mozilla 0.6+. [ 2 ] As well as Netscape 3.04+, Mozilla 0.6+. [ 3 ] If a CMS is used, form action may be handled by some of its inbuilt means.