Janina Sajka janina at
Mon Nov 19 16:52:11 UTC 2007

Geoff's advice is absolutely on the mark. Lynx with Speakup continues to
be a powerful, and very accessible browser. However, you do need to
learn Speakup's screen review commands to use lynx effectively, because
it doesn't work the way Windows screen readers made Internet Explorer

My advice is to start lynx with two key command line options--then make
these your defaults in the Options menu (accessed with by o) so you
don't have to issue this long command every time:

lynx -show_cursor -number_fields

This will cause the system cursor to track your focus on hyperlinks,
which is where you go with up and down arrow, or with TAB and Alt+TAB.
Yes, that's correct, Alt+TAB, and not Shift+TAB, which has always been
the Unix default.

The Lynx for users who are blind document for which you were asking a URI is at:

You can also access it on the help screen of Lynx, accessible by ?, but
this wouldn't help you if you don't yet understand how to read documents
in lynx.


Geoff Shang writes:
> Hi,
> To read the output of Lynx or pretty much any other application in the 
> console, you're going to need to use Speakup's screen review keys.
> By default, you can use the numpad 7 and 9 keys to read the previous and 
> next line respectively, and 8 to read the current line.  The same logic 
> applies to 4 5 and 6 (words) and 1 2 and 3 (characters).  You can use 
> numpad-insert plus numpad 9 (page up) to go to the top of the screen, and 
> numpad-insert plus numpad-2 (down arrow) to read from the current curso 
> position to the bottom of the screen.
> To check out what all the speakup keys do, press keypad-insert plus F1 when 
> in Speakup and either up and down arrow through the list or try pressing 
> keys to see what they do.  Press Space to leave keyboard help.
> In lynx, you can use page-down or Space to go to the next screen, and 
> page-up or b to go back a page.  As posted already, insert and delete move 
> the screen display up and down one line (something I previously didn't 
> know).  Home and End go to the first and last screen of a document, as do 
> control-A and control-E respectively.  Up and Down arrows move you to the 
> next and previous page element (or next and previous line in a multi-line 
> edit field), and right arrow follows a link and left goes back unless 
> you're in any kind of edit field.
> To get a full and hopefully up to date list of keystrokes in lynx, press 
> "k" when in lynx.
> Note that unless you use a blinux lynx config (wich I did see somewhere but 
> don't know where), lynx will not automatically make the cursor track where 
> you are in a document.  You need to turn on "show cursor" in the options 
> screen which is not exactly straight-forward, or by setting
> show_cursor=on
> in your .lynxrc config file.
> Hope this helps you get started.
> Geoff.
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