This document was created by Philip Webb as a service to Lynx users.
It may be copied -- with minor formatting changes -- , provided
no other changes are made & authorship is clearly acknowledged.
Any other reproduction constitutes breach of copyright.

Readers are encouraged to inform the author
of any apparent errors or omissions.


This outline is specially for people who are just starting to use Lynx or have used it for some time without exploring its features very far. It answers the sorts of questions everyone asks at first.
For a more systematic account of Lynx, the Internet & related matters,
explore the many links on the Main Help Page: to go there, enter `h' .

You should be aware that there are 3 levels of Lynx user:

  1. Anonymous, who have free access to the Internet
    without a personal password, typically via a library or freenet:
    some Lynx features may not be available to them,
    depending on the system manager;
  2. Shell accounts, which normally require a password,
    but give users general access to a computer system like UNIX:
    again, the system manager controls some features of Lynx;
    a variation on this is people who use a pre-compiled binary
    & are constrained by the choices of whoever made it;
  3. Self-compiled, ie people who compile their own Lynx
    in their own PC or in their own directory under eg UNIX:
    they have complete control over how Lynx is configured.
If you find some features outlined below are not available & you fall into the first 2 groups, you should consult your system manager
to find out whether their version of Lynx is limited by them;
if you fall into Group 3, you should check userdefs.h & lynx.cfg
to see what you need to change. You should also check settings
in the Options screen, which most users can change (enter `o').


Moving around the current document:

Simple commands:

Numbered links:


Using the goto & jump -- `g j' -- commands:

How to escape from things:

Some useful information commands:

The bookmark file:


These are accessed via 'o': a good account is at Stefan Caunter's page

Forms & security:

Tables, frames, images, cookies, style sheets:

Character sets:

Lynx 2-8 (or later) has good support for multilingual character sets:

Getting character sets right is quite complex,
as there are so many variations of server/client/document,
so you may need to look in the Users' Guide -- `h' --
or if you have access to it look in lynx.cfg,
which has a long account of all the alternatives.

If you want to see the accents on French, German or Spanish words
e.g. in news stories, it's not too difficult with Kermit,
which is free (tho' you are encouraged to buy the manual)
& boasts very powerful translation abilities;
you must have appropriate versions at both ends of the wire.
With Lynx character-set ISO-Latin-1 & `transparent' in C-Kermit
& the ordinary N American codepage 437 in MS-DOS,
add 2 lines to mskermit.ini:

     set display 8-bit
     set transf char latin1
The former gives the correct accents within Lynx
& the latter allows downloading them from UNIX to your PC
after printing them to a file from Lynx.

Grabbing stuff without being interactive:

Creating a WWW page with Lynx:

Lynx makes it easy to build & edit your own WWW documents:

You must have the editor specified in lynx.cfg
& you must call up the document as a local file.

There's a bug or a crash!

Which systems does Lynx run on?

Lynx for the blind and visually impaired:

There is a speech-friendly page in the Lynx on-line help.

Some other sources of information around Lynx and the Internet
for the blind and visually impaired:

All these people are volunteers, who may be too busy
to answer your inquiries quickly or at all.

US National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped
has some information about Internet resources.

Visually Impaired Computer Users Group
offers a lot of advice for using Lynx & related software.

There is a list-server blind-l, to which you can subscribe
by sending the single line `subscribe blind-l' (omit the quotes).

Feel free to ask questions from lynx-dev whenever you wish.

Who's in charge of Lynx?

Maintained by Philip Webb
Last updated : 070214