Links 2.1pre26 review

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Links is graphics and text mode WWW browser, similar to Lynx

License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
File size: 4182K
Developer: Martin Pergel
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Links is graphics and text mode WWW browser, similar to Lynx. Links displays tables, frames, downloads on background, uses HTTP/1.1 keepalive connections, and features Javascript.

In graphics mode it displays PNG, JPEG, GIF, TIFF, and XBM pictures, runs external bindings on other types, and features anti-aliased font, smooth image zooming, 48-bit dithering, and gamma and aspect ratio correction.

Here are some key features of "Links":
Links runs on Linux, BSD, UNIX in general, OS/2, Cygwin under Windows, AtheOS, BeOS, FreeMint.
Links runs in graphics mode (mouse required) on X Window System (UN*X, Cygwin), SVGAlib, Linux Framebuffer, OS/2 PMShell, AtheOS GUI
Links runs in text mode (mouse optional) on UN*X console, ssh/telnet virtual terminal, vt100 terminal, xterm, and virtually any other text terminal. Mouse is supported for GPM, xterm, and OS/2. Links supports colors on terminal.
Easy and quick user control via pull-down menu in both text and graphics mode, in 25 languages.
HTML 4.0 support (without CSS)
HTTP 1.1 support
Tables, frames in both graphics and text mode, builtin image display in graphics mode
Builtin image display for GIF, JPEG, PNG, XBM, TIFF in graphics mode
Anti-advertisement animation filter in animated GIFs
Javascript support with full user control over script run
Background file downloads
Automatic reconnection in case of TCP connection breakdown
Keepalive connections
Background (asynchronous) DNS lookup
Possibility to hook up external programs for all MIME types, possibility to choose one of more programs at every opening.
48-bit high-quality image gamma correction, resampling and Floyd-Steinberg dithering in all color depths.
Font resampling (antialiasing) for virtually unlimited pitch range, LCD optimization of fonts and images.
Builtin fonts in the executable without reliance on any fonts installed in the system
User-adjustable menu, HTML font size and image zoom factor.
User-adjustable display gammas (red, green, blue), viewing-condition correction gamma and precise calibration of both monitor and Links on a calibration pattern
Automatic aspect ratio correction for modes like 640x200, 640x400, 320x200 with user-adjustable manual aspect ratio correction.
Support for one-wheel mice (vertical scroll), two-wheel mice (vertical and horizontal scroll) and smooth scrolling by grabbing the plane with a mouse (no wheel needed).
Easy installation, the browser is just one executable and no more files.

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