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Lynx (browser)

Lynx is a WWW browser for use on cursor-addressable, character cell terminals or terminals. Browsing in Lynx consists of highlighting the chosen link using cursor keys, or having all links on a page numbered and entering the chosen link's number. Current versions support Secure Sockets Layer, HTML tables and frames.

Lynx is a product of the Distributed Computing Group within Academic Computing Services of The University of Kansas and was originally developed by Lou Montulli, Michael Grobe and Charles Rezac. Garrett Blythe created DosLynx and later joined the Lynx effort as well. Foteos Macrides ported much of Lynx to VMS and was maintaining it for a while. In 1995, Lynx was released under the GPL and is now maintained by a group of volunteers.

Lynx was originally designed for Unix and VMS and remains the most popular console browser on the Linux operating system. Recent versions also run on Microsoft Windows.

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This article (or an earlier version of it) contains material from FOLDOC's article on Lynx, used with permission.