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Re: lynx-dev Question about form entry fields in Lynx 2.8

From: Bela Lubkin
Subject: Re: lynx-dev Question about form entry fields in Lynx 2.8
Date: Fri, 23 Oct 1998 16:53:17 -0700

Richard Steiner wrote:

> Lynx either forces me to enter a hard end of line in order to see
> everything on input or continue typing without word wrap and use the
> cursor keys to slowly move left and right in the line of text I typed.
> Is Lynx behaving as intended here?

address@hidden replied:

> Yes, Lynx is behaving as intended.  For text input, Lynx simply does 
> a bunch of lines you can type text on, and merges them together.  People
> have at various times talked about enabling spawning off of an editor to
> edit text in these fields.  Nobody has done the work to make this happen,
> plus I believe there are also security concerns.  You may want to 
> check the history of the lynx-dev mailing list to see some of the
> discussion on this issue.

The security concerns are not what's held it up; simply, nobody has done
the work.  (The security concern is simple: whoever implements it has to
remember to prevent anonymous or lynx-locked users from using the
external editor facility.)

Richard, once you get into Lynx go to Help (?), then the third item,
"Line Editor".  There you will learn about useful keys such as ^A (go to
beginning of line), ^E (end), ^P (back one word), ^N (forward one word).
While far from a complete solution, these should make it somewhat easier
to deal with the horizontal scrolling within a line.


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