ANNOUNCEMENT of Line Mode Browser 3.1

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	    World-Wide Web Consortium Software Distribution

  The Line Mode Browser (www) is a C based character based Web
  Browser. It is developed for use on dumb terminals and as a test tool
  for the W3C Reference Library. It can be run in interactive mode,
  non-interactive mode and as a proxy client. In non-interactive mode it
  can be used as a powerful tool in CGI scripts for Web servers etc.
  Furthermore it gives a variety of possibilities for data format
  conversion, filtering etc. It is primarily intended as a test-tool for
  quick access to the Web or used in batch jobs.

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This is the announcement of the version 3.1 release of the W3C Line
Mode Browser going into public domain. The code word for this release
is support for remote collaborate work where people can use HTTP and
the Web as a remote authoring environment.

The Line Mode Browser was released officially July 14 to the W3C
members and is now going into public domain. The Line Mode Browser is
under MIT copyright and the copyright statement is available in the
source distribution file or at


The source code can be found at:


Note that there is both a "zip" file, a "gzip'ed tar" file, and a
"compressed tar" file

The documentation on the Line Mode Browser has been updated, and is
available from the Line Mode status page


but all the documentation on the Library is also relevant.

As for the Library, everybody who makes modifications, contributions
etc. and wishes to incorporate them as part of the W3C software
distribution must sign a form that gives MIT the permissions to use
the contributions under the terms of the W3C software
distribution. This form is available at


The Line Mode Browser is known to compile on Sun4, Solaris, HP Snake,
NeXTSTEP, Ultrix, OSF/1, Linux, SGI, AIX, NetBSD, and Windows NT. 
There is a special README-WinNT file at the same location as the
distributions files explaining how to compile on an NT box. Please have
a look at the list of supported platforms for more information:


Here you will find many hints and ideas about the specific platforms.

Please send any comments and questions to


or if they are of general interest then please send them to the
mailing list


have fun!


Henrik Frystyk Nielsen, <frystyk@w3.org>
World-Wide Web Consortium, MIT/LCS
45 Technology Square, Cambridge MA 02139, USA