What's the Current Browser State of the Art Regarding Javascript?

Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis bhawkeslewis at googlemail.com
Fri Jun 29 16:01:21 UTC 2007

No text console browser has JavaScript functionality similar to GUI 
browsers; but one other browser you should take a look at would be 
version 3.2.1 of Edbrowse:


That is, if you can get it to compile. (I tried and failed repeatedly.)

Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis

Martin McCormick wrote:
> 	some days, I think I just want to see if my stress
> response is still there and I do something really dumb like try
> to find out my Annual Leave balance or download a podcast from
> the NPR web site, etc. I'll end up throwing everything in the
> box at it from lynx which, when it works, is about as good as it
> gets, to w3m which will handle some things lynx won't deal with.
> Even elinks which I built with javascript support triggers most
> nasty sites to say that javascript is not enabled. I'll get a
> screen like this one under w3m:
> Go to Main Content
> Oklahoma State University and A&M System
>      HELP | HOME | EXIT
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>             This is a secure system. Login using your Employee ID or OKey
> Information account information and applicable PIN or password, then select
>             Login. To Protect Your Privacy remember to EXIT and close your
>             browser when finished.
> Information Your browser is either not capable of running JavaScript or you
> have JavaScript disabled. Using the optional OKey log in is not available
> unless JavaScript is enabled. However, you may log in using your Employee ID
> and PIN.
> (*) Your 8-digit CWID, 9-digit SSN or 16-digit ID Card number and Web for
> Employee PIN.
>      -OR-
> <=UpDn Viewing[SSL] <EMPLOYEE LOGIN>
> The w3m view does show a star at the field I need to use, but
> there appears to be no way to enter anything.
> Basically, lynx, elinks and w3m get to different parts of the
> process and then fail in different and creative ways.
> 	Is there any command-line browser yet that is a
> significant improvement over what has been pretty much normal
> for the past few years?
> 	I have access to Linux and FreeBSD and both have the
> usual browsers such as lynx and elinks. A word of caution to
> FreeBSD users, here. There is a fork of links that appears to be
> the latest version but is, in fact, based on an older version of
> links. The enhancements in this what appears to be a newer
> version are only valid if you use X windows and there is
> actually a bug from the old code that survives so you better be
> sure to get the elinks code which is still being developed. Even
> so, it is only incrementally better than the old lynx as in l y n x browser.
> 	Basically, am I missing anything?
> Thank you.
> Martin McCormick WB5AGZ  Stillwater, OK 
> Systems Engineer
> OSU Information Technology Department Network Operations Group
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