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Old School Browsing with w3m

Dec 11, 2009, 22:33 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Brockmeier)

"Generally, I focus on the cutting edge goodies for the Web, but this week I spent some time with w3m after a long hiatus and thought it might be fun to take a step back and look at the old school Web. I needed to convert a page of HTML to text on the fly, and one of the best tools I've found for that is w3m. It's also a pretty good, if extremely basic, Web browser if all you need to do is read pages on the Web.

"Why muck with a text-mode browser? Certainly not because it's full-featured. Firefox, Chrome, Konqueror, or Opera, any other modern browser will get you more bang for the buck than w3m — though w3m's rendering speed is pretty impressive. But w3m has a few features that you won't find in other browsers that make it worth having around.

"Checking Site Design

"Your site may look picture-perfect in your favorite browser, but what about all the other browsers that you haven't had time to test? Does it degrade nicely for people on less functional mobile browsers? While the percentage of visitors who hit your site with less-functional browsers may be small, it's still important to make sure that the site is usable."

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