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LinuxPlanet: w3m: No Ordinary Text Browser

Jan 19, 2001, 19:34 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

"w3m, an acronym that stands for See the WWW in English, is the creation of Akinori Ito, who originally created w3m from a UNIX-based pager application known as fm. Ito originally used w3m as an e-mail reader and a general-purpose file reader. He was also using it as a Web browser, but many pages did not render properly because they were using tables to create page layout--something w3m could not handle."

"After one unsuccessful attempt to create a page renderer, Ito tried again in 1998, when he was a visiting researcher at Boston University."

"Ito's efforts were successful, and w3m became a more functional Web browser."

"I tried w3m out myself on a Linux box, and was interested to see how it laid out complicated pages. Most pages I visited seemed similar enough in layout to the graphic versions for me to follow what was going on. Navigation is handled with the keyboard only, and full instructions are found in w3m's manual or in the runtime help screen you can get by pressing H."

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