Moving Permanently to Lynx

Album Cover: Into the Wild

"I knew all the rules, but the rules did not know me...guaranteed."
Eddie Vedder / Guaranteed

Posted on April 01, 2007 12:59 AM in Browsers
Warning: This blog entry was written two or more years ago. Therefore, it may contain broken links, out-dated or misleading content, or information that is just plain wrong. Please read on with caution.

Long-time readers know that I'm a big supporter of Firefox. Or was a big supporter of Firefox. The truth of the matter is, I've had a slight disdain for the browser for quite some time and it's finally snowballed to the point where I no longer want to use it. I've been considering my alternatives lately, and the fact that IE7 locks up all the time and Opera is just so...Norwegian...has left me no choice other than to switch permanently to Lynx.

I've caught some flack here before for not supporting the Lynx browser with my web designs, so I really feel this is the logical step to keep that from happening again, and keep my web browsing experience somewhat sane and predictable. So you can doubtless expect to see some graphical changes around here very soon as I optimize for Lynx and remove some of the nice-to-have but mostly unnecessary bells and whistles like fonts, colors and other "artsy" graphical elements.

I'll certainly continue blogging here as I make the transition so as to keep everyone up-to-speed on the process. Hopefully, if I document the process thoroughly and demonstrate how freeing the switch can be, I can convince at least a few others to jump ship with me.

Update: Okay, April Fools' Day is over so I can come clean. I'm actually switching to wget. Who needs a browser at all when you've dealt with HTML for so long that you can actually visualize what it's doing in your head? ;)

Comments

Zim on April 01, 2007 at 10:38 AM:

I'll try Lynx. I've been moving from Opera to Firefox a few months ago, so it won't be hard to try another browser :P

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Ian Clifton on April 01, 2007 at 8:08 PM:

I've used Lynx a bit, but mostly as a backup browser. It's fast and pretty easy to use considering it doesn't have all the bells and whistles. It's also great for seeing what Googlebot and the like will see when they visit your site. Just don't ditch all the graphics for those of us who still use FF, haha.

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Ryan on April 01, 2007 at 9:19 PM:

I use elinks (not lynx). Do you plan support for that browser as well?

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