Enter the world of text browsing. I'm not here to discuss the history of browsing. That task is best left to the historians and experts. What I am here to discuss is text browsing and how it can be done today on our GNU/Linux PC specifically through the terminal.
Several software come to mind when we speak of text browsers but I would choose only one: w3m.
Browsing Google on the Terminal with w3m
w3m is a text-based web browser as well as a pager like `more' or `less'. With w3m you can browse web pages through a terminal emulator window (xterm, rxvt or something like that). Moreover, w3m can be used as a text formatting tool which typesets HTML into plain text.
To install w3m on your Debian system, just do this:
$ sudo apt-get install w3m
To browse the interwebs simply do:
$ w3m www.google.com
1. TAB is a useful key and so is enter
2. To go back, press ESC + Down Arrowkey
3. To search something over at Google,
- Use the arrow keys to get over the blank space and press the ENTER key
- Then type the search term and press the ENTER key
- TAB over to the text equivalent of the 'Search Google' button
- You can download stuff from the Internet by pressing ENTER on the link text (usually blue)