Browsing the Web at the Command Line

To many Internet users, networking seems to be an inherently graphics-centric process, largely because the World Wide Web is the primary network medium to which they've been exposed. But even the Web wasn't always so visual; in the early days of the Web, full-featured browsers such as NCSA Mosaic had only rudimentary graphics capability, and text files on Unix systems were still the primary medium from which the World Wide Web was built.

Even today, although many sites are difficult to interpret without graphics, many more remain informative and useful without displaying their graphics. When you browse the Web at the command line, the text appears and is laid out more or less as the site designers intended; ...

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