MIRA - A unique text-only web browser  

MIRA is a simple web browser created to satisfy the following objectives (listed by priority):

Keep a permanent record of where you have been and the text you have read while searching the Internet

Allow viewing of old web pages (and old versions of current web pages) even after the original server no longer has them

Allow the user to easily search through all this old saved text for one or more words or a phrase, etc.

Retain simplicity by remaining entirely text-only (like Lynx) and rely on external programs (like xv and arena) to view graphics and graphics-intensive pages

Distributed in source code form under the GNU General Public License

Allow for user customization and third-party extension through a preferences file that can include source code for plug-ins, patches and new features

Provide a powerful command-line interface (with such things as macros, anchorname completion, global history completion, and lots of other shortcuts) to make the browser as easy to use as possible.

Not all of these objectives have been met and MIRA is currently in an alpha phase. If you want to be involved in the beta test program, and are running on a UNIX(tm)-compatible system with Perl and an Internet connection, send me e-mail.

Requirements

MIRA runs only on UNIX(tm) systems that have perl and an Internet connection. You don't need to use mira as your browser to get cacheing and search ability on pages you load in Netscape. To use mira as a browser, you will want to have xv for displaying images, emacs to view web page source, lynx as an alternative text viewer (handles cookies and forms), and a graphical browser (such as arena, Netscape, or whatever), for viewing pages that require a graphical browser.

If you want to try it out, click here and save the file on your machine.


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