[Links] Suggestions for user interace improvements

Karel Kulhavy clock at twibright.com
Tue Oct 10 00:22:32 PDT 2006

On Mon, Oct 09, 2006 at 05:19:06AM -0400, Philip Ganchev wrote:
> Hi,
> Here are some ideas for improving the user interface of the wonderful
> Links web browser.  I realize that the developers probably have little
> time to spend on Links, so these ideas may never be implemented.  I am
> putting them up for discussion, and perhaps someone will eventually
> implement some of them.  (I cannot yet write C, unfortunately.)
> First, I think forward history would be very useful.  Users often
> navigate back in history and then again to the page they were at.  An
> unofficial patch for this by Peter Wang is at
> http://links.twibright.com/download/unofficial_patches/.  The
> associated txt file says it si too dangerous to put into the main
> release.  Why?
> Underline links. They would be easier to recognize, especially if they
> are colored in an unusal color.  Also, it is clear which words are
> separate links and which are together one link.
> Use the status bar instead of dialog boxes for URLs and text search.
> Dialog boxes are too obtrusive; they may hide the search results or
> the text needed to compose the search query or the URL.   The status
> bar is inactive anyway if a dialog box is present.
> In graphics mode, support copying text from dialog boxes like the URL
> box to the X clipboard, and pasting to text boxes on the page. This is
> makes transfering information like URLs and search terms much easier.
> Some kind of smart bookmarks, that would allow the user to use web
> search and lookup (like Wikipedia, dictionary) without first
> navigating to a website.  An easy way is to provide a home page
> shortcut and so that the user can create a local home page containing
> text boxes and buttons for the appropriate web search services.  See
> for example http://www.cs.pitt.edu/~philip/.portal.html . Using a
> local page reduces the latency for searching.
> How can I stop the loading of a page?



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