OPTIONS SCREEN HELP
The Options Screen allows you to set and modify many Lynx features:
Advanced (User Mode) Options
When OFF, the default bookmark file is used for the 'v'iew-bookmarks
and 'a'dd-bookmark link commands. If set to STANDARD, a menu of available
bookmarks is always invoked when you seek to view a bookmark file
or add a link, and you select the bookmark file by its letter token
in that menu. If set to ADVANCED, you are instead prompted for the letter
of the desired bookmark file, but can enter '=' to invoke the STANDARD
selection menu, or RETURN for the default bookmark file.
If non-empty and multi-bookmarks is OFF,
it specifies your default 'Bookmark file'.
If multi-bookmarks is STANDARD or ADVANCED,
entering 'B' will invoke a menu in which you can specify
filepaths and descriptions of upto 26 bookmark files.
The filepaths must be from your home directory and begin with './'
if subdirectories are included (e.g. './BM/lynx_bookmarks.html').
Lynx will create bookmark files when you first 'a'dd a link,
This allows you to specify how files will be sorted within FTP listings.
The current options include `By Filename', `By Size', `By Type', `By Date'.
You may set your mail address here so that when mailing messages
to other people or mailing files to yourself, your email address can be
automatically filled in. Your email address will also be sent
to HTTP servers in a `from:' field.
If set to 'case sensitive', user searches invoked by '/' will be
case-sensitive substring searches. Default is 'Case Insensitive'.
The language you prefer if multi-language files are available from servers.
Use RFC 1766 tags, e.g. `en' English, `fr' French.
but any subdirectories in the filepath must already exist.
The character set you prefer if sets in addition to ISO-8859-1 and US-ASCII
are available from servers. Use MIME notation (e.g. ISO-8859-2)
and do not include ISO-8859-1 or US-ASCII, since those values are always
assumed by default. Can be a comma-separated list (as previous),
and you can use `q factors' (as previous).
This allows you to set up the default character set for your specific terminal.
The display character set provides a mapping from the character encodings
of viewed documents and from HTML entities into viewable characters.
It should be set according to your terminal's character set
so that characters other than 7-bit ASCII can be displayed correctly,
using approximations if necessary. You must have the selected character set
installed on your terminal. Since Lynx now supports a wide range of platforms
it may be useful to note that cpXXX codepages are used within IBM PC computers,
and windows-xxxx within native MS-Windows applications.
This is set automatically, but can be toggled manually in certain cases:
it toggles whether 8-bit characters are assumed to correspond with the display
character set and therefore are processed without translation
via the chartrans conversion tables. ON by default when the display
character set is one of the Asian (CJK) sets and the 8-bit characters
are Kanji multibytes. OFF for the other display character sets,
but can be turned ON when the document's charset is unknown
(e.g. is not ISO-8859-1 and no charset parameter was specified
in a reply header from an HTTP server to indicate what it is),
but you have no better idea than viewing it as from display character set
(see 'assumed document character set' for best choice). Should be OFF
when an Asian (CJK) set is selected but the document is ISO-8859-1
or another 'assumed document character set'. The setting can also be toggled
via the RAW_TOGGLE command, normally mapped to '@', and at startup
via the -raw switch.
This changes the handling of documents which do not explicitly specify
a charset. Normally Lynx assumes that 8-bit characters in those documents
are encoded according to iso-8859-1 (the official default for HTTP protocol).
Unfortunately, many non-English web pages forget to include proper charset
info; this option helps you browse those broken pages if you know somehow
what the charset is. When the value given here or by an -assume_charset
command-line flag is in effect, Lynx will treat documents as if they were
encoded accordingly. Option is active when 'Raw 8-bit or CJK Mode' is OFF.
This will be present if color support is available. If set to ON or ALWAYS,
color mode will be forced on if possible. If (n)curses color support
is available but cannot be used for the current terminal type, selecting ON
is rejected with a message. If set to OFF or NEVER, color mode will be
turned off. ALWAYS and NEVER are not offered in anonymous accounts.
If saved to a '.lynxrc' file in non-anonymous accounts, ALWAYS will cause Lynx
to set color mode on at startup if supported. If Lynx is built with slang,
this is equivalent to having included the -color command line switch
or having the COLORTERM environment variable set. If color support is
provided by curses or ncurses, this is equivalent to the default behavior
of using color when the terminal type supports it. If (n)curses color support
is available but cannot be used for the current terminal type, the preference
can still be saved but will have no effect. A saved value of NEVER will
cause Lynx to assume a monochrome terminal at start-up. It is similar
to the -nocolor switch, but (when the slang library is used) can be overridden
with the -color switch. If the setting is OFF or ON when the current options
are saved to a '.lynxrc' file, the default start-up behavior is retained,
such that color mode will be turned on at startup only if the terminal info
indicates that you have a color-capable terminal, or (when slang is used)
if forced on via the -color switch or COLORTERM variable. This default
behavior always is used in anonymous accounts, or if the 'option'_save
restriction is set explicitly. If for any reason the start-up color mode
is incorrect for your terminal, set it appropriately on or off via this option.
If set to 'ON' then the lowercase h, j, k and l keys will be mapped
to left-arrow, down-arrow, up-arrow and right-arrow respectively.
The uppercase H, J, K, and L keys remain mapped to their configured bindings
(normally HELP, JUMP, KEYMAP and LIST, respectively).
If set to 'ON' then the CTRL-P, CTRL-N, CTRL-F and CTRL-B keys will be mapped
to up-arrow, down-arrow, right-arrow and left-arrow respectively. Otherwise,
they remain mapped to their configured bindings (normally UP_TWO lines,
DOWN_TWO lines, NEXT_PAGE and PREV_PAGE respectively).
Lynx normally uses a pop-up window for the OPTIONs in form SELECT fields
when the field does not have the MULTIPLE attribute specified, and thus
only one OPTION can be selected. The use of pop-up windows can be disabled
by changing this setting to OFF, in which case the OPTIONs will be rendered
as a list of radio buttons. Note that if the SELECT field does have
the MULTIPLE attribute specified, the OPTIONs always are rendered
as a list of checkboxes.
Lynx normally hides the cursor by positioning it to the right and if possible
the very bottom of the screen, so that the current link or OPTION is indicated
solely by its highlighting or color. If show cursor is set to ON, the cursor
will be positioned at the left of the current link or OPTION. This is helpful
when Lynx is being used with a speech or braille interface. It is also useful
for sighted users when the terminal cannot distinguish the character attributes
used to distinguish the current link or OPTION from the others in the display.
This gives the choice between navigating with the keypad (as arrows;
see Lynx Navigation) and having every link numbered (numbered links)
so that the links may be selected by numbers instead of moving to them
with the arrow keys. You can also number form fields.
This allows you to set alternate key bindings for the built-in line editor,
if your system administrator has installed alternates.
Otherwise, Lynx uses the Default Binding.
Applies to Directory Editing.
Files and directories can be presented in the following ways:
Mixed style: Files and directories are listed together
in alphabetical order.
Directories first: Files and directories are separated
into 2 alphabetical lists: directories are listed first.
Files first: Files and directories are separated
into 2 alphabetical lists: files are listed first.
Novice: Shows 2 extra lines of help at the bottom of the screen
Intermediate (normal): Normal status-line messages appear.
Advanced: The URL is shown on the status line.
Controls whether or not Lynx replaces the [LINK], INLINE] and [IMAGE] comments
(for images without ALT) with filenames of these images. This is extremely
useful because now we can determine immediately which images are decorations
(button.gif, line.gif) and which are important.
The header string which Lynx sends to servers to indicate the User-Agent
is displayed here. Changes may be disallowed via the -restrictions switch.
Otherwise, the header can be changed temporarily to e.g. L_y_n_x/2.8.1
for access to sites which discriminate against Lynx based on checks
for the presence of `Lynx' in the header. If changed during a Lynx session,
the default User-Agent header can be restored by deleting the modified string
in the Options Menu. Whenever the User-Agent header is changed, the current
document is reloaded, with the no-cache flags set, on exit from Options Menu.
Changes of the header are not saved in the RC file.
NOTE Netscape Communications Corp. has claimed that false transmissions
of `Mozilla' as the User-Agent are a copyright infringement, which will
be prosecuted. DO NOT misrepresent Lynx as Mozilla. The Options Menu issues
a warning about possible copyright infringement whenever the header is changed
to one which does not include `Lynx' or `lynx'.