Browsing the Web

Although the Internet has been around since the 1960s, the Web is a relatively new technology (ushered in by the creation of the first Web browser in 1990). The Web places an additional framework over Internet addresses that were once limited to host names and domain names. Before the Web, finding resources on the Internet was difficult. However, the Web now provides several features that make it much easier to access these resources:

  • Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) — URLs identify the location of resources on the Web. Besides identifying the domain and host on which a resource resides, they can also identify the type of content and the specific location of the content.

  • Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) Web pages — When people talk about a Web page, they are generally referring to information that is presented in HTML format. HTML changed the Internet from a purely plain-text–based resource to one that could present graphics and font changes. An HTML page can also contain hypertext links. Links are the threads that join together the Web, enabling someone viewing a Web page to be immediately transported to another Web page (or other content) by simply selecting a linked text string or image on the page.

The primary tool for displaying HTML Web pages is the Web browser. Mozilla is the most popular Web browser for Fedora Core. Mozilla's Firefox, however, is quickly gaining ground. Both display HTML (Web pages) as well as other types of Web content. Now, even file managers, made for displaying local files and folders, have been extended to be able to display Web content (see the description of Konqueror file manager in Chapter 3).

This section contains general information about the Web and some specific hints for using Mozilla to browse the Web from your Fedora Core system.

Uniform Resource Locators

To visit a site on the Internet, you either type a URL into the location box on your browser or click on a link (either on a Web page or from a menu or button on the browser). Although URLs are commonplace these days — you can find them on everything from business cards to cereal boxes — you may not know how URLs are constructed. The URL form is as follows:


The protocol identifies the kind of content that you are requesting. By far, the most common protocol you come across is Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP). HTTP is the protocol used to request Web pages. In addition to HTTP, however, there are other protocols that might appear at the beginning of a Web address. Instead of showing you a Web page, these other types of protocols may display different kinds of information in your browser, or open a completely different application for working with the content.

Table 9-1 lists some of the protocols that can appear in a Web URL.

Table 9-1: Protocols in Web URLs

Protocol Name



Hypertext Transfer Protocol. Used to identify HTML Web pages and related content.


Identifies a file on a specific host. Most often used to display a file from your local computer.


File Transfer Protocol. Identifies a location where there are file archives from which you might want to download files.


Gopher Protocol. Provides databases of text-based documents that are distributed across the Internet. (Gopher is nearly obsolete.)


Electronic Mail Address. Identifies an e-mail address, such as (Usually opens a mail composer.)


USENET newsgroup. Identifies a newsgroup, such as news:// If you type this address into Mozilla, a window appears with the newsgroup displayed from the news server you identified


USENET news using nntp protocol.


Log in to a remote computer and begin an interactive session. An example of a telnet address is telnet://localhost. (Replace localhost with any host or IP address that allows you to log in.)


Wide Area Information Server protocol. A WAIS address might look like the following: wais:// (Like gopher, WAIS databases are nearly obsolete.)

The first part of a URL is the protocol. You don’t always have to type the protocol. Most browsers are good at guessing the content you are looking for (mostly it guesses HTTP). If the address you type starts with www, it assumes HTTP; if it starts with ftp, it assumes FTP.

The second part of a URL takes you to the computer that is hosting the Web content. By convention, Web servers begin with www (or sometimes home). However, if you type the correct protocol (usually http), you will be directed to the right service at the host computer. The next piece of this name is just the host.domain style of Internet address that is always used with the Internet (such as,, or An optional port number can be tacked on to the host.domain name. For example, to request the port used for HTTP services (port 80) from the host called, you can type


You can identify a specific port number to request the service attached to the port on the computer you request. A port number is a lot like a telephone extension in a big company. A main telephone number (like the host.domain name) gets you to a company switchboard. The telephone extension (like the port number) connects you to the right person (like the service associated with a port).

The third part of a URL identifies the location of the content on the host computer. Sections in a Web page can be identified with a pound sign (#) and an identifier following the Web page location. For example, the craft section of the bsched.htm page at would appear as:

The filename extension (such as .htm or .html) further identifies the content type.

Web pages

If you look at the HTML source code that produces Web pages, you see that it consists of a combination of information and markup tags, all of which are in plain-text format. The idea is to have Web pages be very portable and flexible. You can create a Web page with vi, emacs, gedit, Notepad, or any text editor on any computing platform. Alternatively, simplified frontend programs can be used to provide WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) interfaces that let you see what you are creating as you go.

HTML tags are set apart by right and left angle brackets. Tags come in pairs, with a beginning tag, the information, and then an ending tag. The beginning tag contains the tag name, while an ending tag contains a forward slash (/) and the tag name. Here is a minimal HTML page:

<HTML>  <HEAD>  <TITLE>Greetings from Wisconsin</TITLE>  </HEAD>  <BODY>  Here we are in beautiful Madison.  </BODY>  </HTML> 

You can see that the document begins and ends with HTML tags (<HTML> and </HTML>). The beginning part of the Web page is contained within the HEAD tags. The body of the page is contained within the BODY tags. The title of the page is set apart by TITLE tags.

Between the beginning and ending BODY tags, you can add all kinds of stuff. You can have different types of bulleted or numbered lists. You can have headings, images, and text. More complex pages can include forms, dynamic HTML (which changes the content as you move or select items), or special data. Figure 9-1 is an example of a Web page as it appears in Mozilla.

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Figure 9-1: Many Web pages contain text, images, headings, and links.

Some of the HTML code that was used to create the Web page shown in Figure 9-1 is shown here. The title of the Web page appears between two TITLE tags.

<TITLE>Swan Bay Folk Art Center - American Crafts  in Port Republic, NJ</TITLE>  

The following code is used to create a link that opens a new mail message window:

A HREF="">Contact Us</A>; 

The text Contact Us is a link to an e-mail address. When someone clicks that link, a new message window appears, allowing that person to send e-mail to that address.

<FONT FACE="Copperplate Gothic Bold"><A HREF="bsched.htm">  Adult Basketry </A></FONT> 

A special font face was used for the words Adult Basketry, with the words pointing to a link to another HTML page. If someone were to click on those words, the bsched.htm page would appear.

Web browsing with Mozilla

During the early 1990s, Netscape Navigator was the most popular Web browser. When it became apparent that Netscape was losing its lead to Microsoft Internet Explorer, the source code for Netscape was released to the world as open-source code. was formed to coordinate the development of the new browser from that code. The result was the Mozilla browser that is now available with Fedora Core, as well as with many other computing platforms. The availability on multiple platforms is great, especially if you must switch between Linux and Windows, for example, using Windows at work and Linux at home. Mozilla looks and acts the same on many platforms.

At the center of Mozilla, of course, is the Navigator Web browser. Mozilla also includes the following features:

  • Mail and Newsgroups — A full-featured program for sending, receiving, and managing e-mail, as well as for using newsgroups. (The mozilla-mail RPM must be installed.)

  • IRC Chat — An Internet Relay Chat (IRC) window, called ChatZilla, for participating in online, typed conversations. (The mozilla-chat package must be installed.)

  • Composer — A Web page (HTML) composer application.

  • Address Book — An application to manage names, addresses, and telephone numbers. (This feature is also part of the mozilla-mail RPM package.)

You can click the Mozilla Web Browser icon directly on the desktop panel to start Mozilla. Or you can open Mozilla from the desktop menu (beginning from the red hat) by selecting Internet ® Mozilla Web Browser. Figure 9-2 shows the Mozilla home page ( as displayed by the Mozilla browser.

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Figure 9-2: Mozilla is the open-source Web browser based on Netscape source code.

Mozilla has all the basic features you need in a Web browser and a few special features. The following sections describe how to get the most out of your Mozilla Navigator Web browser.

Setting up Mozilla Navigator

There are many things you can do to configure Mozilla to run like a champ. The following sections describe some ways to customize your browsing experience in Mozilla Navigator.

Setting Navigator preferences

You can set your Mozilla Navigator preferences in the Preferences window. To open Mozilla preferences, click Edit ® Preferences. The Preferences window appears, as shown in Figure 9-3.

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Figure 9-3: Change settings for navigating the Web from Mozilla’s Preferences window.

The following list shows some Navigator preferences that you might want to change:

  • Navigator — Besides selecting the location to use as your home page, you can choose which buttons you see on the toolbar.

  • History — Choose how long to store addresses of pages you visit. You can also select to clear your history and/or the sites you have typed in your location bar.

  • Languages — Set a list of preferences for the particular language a Web page should be displayed in, if the page is available in several languages.

  • Helper Applications — Set up applications to use to handle different types of data that may be encountered while browsing the Web.

  • Smart Browsing — Choose to do keyword searches when you type partial addresses in the Location box. Smart browsing is off by default, so typing netscape would cause Mozilla to look for instead of searching for netscape links.

  • Internet Search — Select which search engine to use for Internet searches. You can also change how the Search tab is used with searches.

  • Tabbed Browsing — Use these selections to have search results appear in tabs on the Mozilla Navigator window, as opposed to appearing in the full screen.

  • Download — Choose what you see during downloads from the Internet (a download manager, a progress dialog, or nothing).

The Advanced Preferences can be used to fine-tune your Web browsing experience, as well as specify what content you open can and can’t do on your computer. Here are some Advanced Preferences that might interest you:

  • Scripts & Plugins — The Web content you choose can try to open, move, resize, raise and lower windows. It can request to change your images, status bar text, or bits of information stored in what are called cookies. These preferences let you restrict what the content you request can do.

  • Cache — By default, the most recent 4MB of Web pages you visit are stored in RAM and the most recent 50MB of pages you visit are stored on your hard disk. If a page is not out-of-date, caching makes it possible to return to a page quickly, without needing to reload from the original Web server. Cache preferences let you change how much information is cached and where hard disk cache is located. Other cache preferences let you clear all memory and disk cache immediately.

  • Proxies — If you have direct access to the Internet, you don't need to change any proxy settings. However, if you need to access the Internet via a proxy server, you can identify the location of that server (or servers) here. To access the Web via proxy servers, you must explicitly identify the proxy server to use for each type of content you request (HTTP, SSL, FTP, Gopher, and SOCKS).

  • HTTP Networking — If you are using a proxy server, that proxy server may require that you make HTTP requests using either HTTP/1.0 or HTTP/1.1 standards (1.1 is the default).

  • Software Installation — When a request for Web content results in that content trying to install software on your computer, you can either allow that to happen (with prompting) or not allow any software updates, based on how this preference is set.

  • Mouse Wheel — If your mouse has a wheel, you can change how Mozilla behaves when you use that wheel. By default, the mouse wheel scrolls a line at a time.

  • DOM Inspector — Turn this on to check the structure of a Web page (for debugging). This is very useful if you need to create Web pages, especially dynamic Web pages.

Adding helper apps

Although the main type of content provided by Web pages is HTML, many other content types can be displayed, played, or presented by a Web browser. Most additional data encountered by Mozilla is handled in one of two ways: plug-ins or helper apps.

Plug-ins are self-contained programs that allow data to play within the Mozilla window. A helper app can be any program that is available on your Red Hat Linux system. It is up to you to identify the plug-in or helper app to launch when a certain type of data is encountered.

Mozilla determines what helper app or plug-in to launch based on the following criteria:

  • Suffixes — If the browser is reading a file that has a particular suffix attached to the filename (such as exe for an application or gz for a compressed zip file), it can use that suffix to determine the file’s contents. When a file’s suffix matches a suffix configured for a particular helper app or plug-in, the helper app or plug-in is used to play or display the data.

  • MIME type — Because data may come to the browser in a stream or have no suffix, Mozilla can use the MIME type attached to the data to determine which plug-in or helper app to use. (MIME stands for Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions.)

You can add your own helper app to automatically handle a particular type of data in your browser. Here’s how:

  1. Choose Edit ® Preferences. The Mozilla Preferences window appears.

  2. Select Helper Applications under the Navigator category.

  3. Click New Type. A dialog box appears that enables you to add information about the helper app and the data that it can handle.

  4. Type in a description of the data, the MIME type, and the file suffixes (if any) on files that contain that type of data.


    When you add the suffix, don’t include the dot.

  5. Choose an application to handle the data type. If the application needs a Terminal window to run, type xterm -e, followed by the command line you need to enter. This executes the command in an xterm window, reading in data as needed.

  6. Click OK when you are done.

The next time you open data in Mozilla of the type you just added, a pop-up window will ask you if you want to use the application you just entered to open the data.

Adding plug-ins

There are not many plug-ins available for use in the version of Mozilla that comes with Fedora Core. To see a list of plug-ins associated with your Mozilla browser, choose Help ® About Plug-ins. You will probably see one plug-in: MozPlugger. If MozPlugger isn’t installed, you can install it from the DVD that comes with this book. MozPlugger ( is a multimedia plug-in that handles AVI, SGI-movie, TIFF, DL, IFF-anim, MIDI, Soundtracker, AU, WAV, and Commodore 64 audio files by relying on external programs to play the data. Recently, MozPlugger has also added support for displaying a variety of Microsoft office productivity file types.

Here is a list of some free plug-ins available for Mozilla that work with Fedora Core.

  • Adobe Acrobat Plug-in ( — Displays files in Adobe Systems' PDF (Portable Document Format) format.

  • Cult3D Plug-in ( — Displays high-quality, interactive real-time 3D images on the Web. This plug-in is from Cycore Computers. (Click Download to find the plug-in. There is a cult3d RPM available that requires tailoring to work in Mozilla.)

  • DjVu Plug-in ( — Displays images in DjVu image compression technology. This plug-in is from AT&T.

  • Real Audio ( — Plays Real Audio and Video content. (To use the Real Play plug-in in Mozilla, you need the RealPlayer and realplay-nplugin RPMs, available by searching

  • Macromedia Flash Player ( — Displays multimedia vector graphics and animation. This plug-in is from Macromedia, Inc. Flash Player is available for Fedora Core, but Macromedia’s Shockwave plug-in is not yet available for Linux.

More plug-ins may be added in the future for use with Fedora Core. Mozilla now offers a great new Web site for getting plug-ins for Linux that run in Mozilla: The site contains links to download plug-ins and instructions for installing them.

When you download a plug-in, follow the instructions that come with the plug-in for installing it. If the plug-in comes in an RPM file, install it as you would any other software package in Red Hat Linux (rpm -Uvh package command). Otherwise, just copy the plug-in file (a .so file) to the system plug-in directory (probably /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins) or your personal plug-ins directory (probably $HOME/.mozilla/plugins). When you restart Mozilla, the plug-ins will automatically be picked up from those locations.


The CrossOver Plugin is a commercial product that lets you use many Windows plug-ins in Mozilla. See the section “Adding a CrossOver Plugin” later in this chapter for details.

Using Mozilla Navigator controls

If you have used a Web browser before, the controls are probably as you might expect: location box, forward and back buttons, file and edit menus, and so on. There are a few controls with Mozilla, however, that you might not be used to seeing. Here are some examples:

  • Using the sidebar — Press the F9 function key to toggle the sidebar on and off. Click a What’s Related, Search, Bookmarks, or History tab (or add your own tab as described earlier). Add your own bookmarks, return to pages from your history list, or search for Web content.

  • Sending Web Content — You can send an e-mail containing either the current Web page (File ® Send Page) or the URL of the current Web page (File ® Send Link) to selected recipients.

  • Searching the Internet — You can search the Internet for a keyword phrase in many different ways. Choose Tools ® Search the Web to open a Netscape Web site that lets you search the Internet. Or type one or more keywords in the Location box, and click Search. Then, of course, you can use the sidebar for searches as described earlier.

  • Viewing Information about a Page — You can view information about the location of a Web page, the location of each of its components, the dates the page was modified, and other information by choosing View ® Page Info. Figure 9-4 shows the Page Info window for a Web page. Click the Links tab to see links on that page to other content on the Web. Click the Security tab to see information about verification and encryption used on the page.

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    Figure 9-4: Display information about a Web page by selecting Page Info.

Improving Mozilla browsing

Every Web site you visit with Mozilla is not going to play well. Some sites don’t follow standards, use unreadable fonts, choose colors that make it hard to see, or demand that you use a particular type of browser to view their content. To improve your browsing experience, there are several things you can add to Mozilla.

Adding a CrossOver Plugin

QuickTime 5 movies, Shockwave Director multimedia content, and various Microsoft movie, file, and data formats simply will not play natively in Mozilla Navigator. Using software built on WINE for Linux on x86-based processors, CodeWeavers ( created the CrossOver Plugin. Although no longer offered as a separate product (you must buy the entire Crossover Office product for $39.95 U.S.), the CrossOver Plugin lets you play some content that you could not otherwise use in Linux. (Download a demo from

After you install the CrossOver Plugin, you see a nice Plugin Setup window that lets you selectively install plug-ins for QuickTime 6, Windows Media Player 6.4, Shockwave 8.5, Flash 6, and Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint viewers. (Support for later versions of these content formats may be available by the time you read this.) You can also install other multimedia plug-ins, as well as a variety of fonts to use with those plug-ins.


Although I have had CrossOver Plugin running well in earlier versions of Red Hat Linux, at the time of writing it was not yet working in the current version of Fedora Core. Check with CodeWeavers to see if they have corrected CrossOver Plugin to run in the latest version of Fedora Core.

Adding a Preferences toolbar

Did you ever run into a Web page that required you to use a particular type or version of a browser or had fonts or colors that made a page unreadable? The Mozilla preferences toolbar called PrefBar2 lets you try to spoof Web sites into thinking you are running a different browser. It also lets you choose settings that might improve colors, fonts, and other attributes on difficult-to-read pages.

You can install the neat little toolbar from the site ( Click the Install link; then, after it is installed, restart Mozilla.


You must have write permissions to /usr/lib/mozilla-1.7.3 for the Install link to work. This may require you to log in as root, start Mozilla, install the Preferences Toolbar, and then log out as root.

The default set of buttons let you do the following:

  • Colors — Change between default colors and those set on the Web page.

  • Images — Toggle between having images loaded or not loaded on pages you display.

  • JavaScript — Allow or disallow JavaScript content to play in Mozilla Navigator.

  • Clear Cache — Deletes all cached content from memory and disk.

  • Kill Flash — Kills all embedded Flash content on the current page.

  • Real UA — Choose to have your browser identified as itself (current version of Mozilla) or any of the following: Mozilla 1.0 (in Windows 98), Netscape Navigator 4.7 (in Macintosh), Netscape 6.2 (in Linux), Internet Explorer 5.0 (in Macintosh), or Internet Explorer 6.0 (in Windows XP).

The user agent (UA) setting is very useful when dealing with Web sites that require Internet Explorer (IE) (and usually IE on Windows, not MacOS). The IE 6.0 WinXP setting is good enough to allow Mozilla to log on to the Microsoft Exchange webmail service, which is usually set up to require IE. If you want to run Linux in a mostly Windows organization, install the Preferences toolbar.

Click the Customize button to add other buttons to the Preferences toolbar. You can add buttons to clear your History or Location bar entries. You can even add a Popups button to prevent a page from opening a pop-up window from Mozilla.

Many of the preferences take effect immediately. Others may require you to restart Mozilla.

Adding Java support

If you want to display some Java content, but you only see a broken puzzle piece and a failure message that says you need a plug-in to view application/x-java-whatever content, you can install the software you need from the Sun Microsystems Java Web site ( Here's how:

  1. Download the Java 2 Runtime Environment package by visiting and selecting Free Download. (Look for a Linux RPM package of the Java RE. I downloaded j2re-1_4_2-linux-i586-rpm.bin.)

  2. Make the package executable and execute it to extract the RPM, as follows:

     # chmod 755 j2re*-rpm.bin # ./j2re*-rpm.bin 
  3. Install the j2re* package (as root user), just as you would any software RPM package.

     # rpm -Uvh j2re*rpm 
  4. Change to the Java plug-in directory and create a link from the Java plug-in to the Mozilla plug-ins directory. (Instead of *, you could type the whole j2re directory name.)

     $ cd /usr/java/j2rel.4.2_05/plugin/i386/ns610-gcc32 $ ln -s /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/ $ cd /usr/java/j2re*/plugin/i386/ns610/ $ ln -s /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/ 
  5. Close any open Mozilla windows, then open a new Mozilla window.

  6. Click Help ® About Plug-ins. You should see a listing for the Java plug-in and lots of supported Java MIME types.

  7. To see if the Java plug-in is working, you could try out some games from the site (

Doing cool things with Mozilla

There are some neat bells and whistles built into Mozilla that can make your browsing more pleasant. Here are a few of those features that you can try out:

Using tabbed browsing

If you go back and forth among several Web pages, you can use the tabbed browsing feature to hold multiple pages in your browser window at once. You can open a new tab for browsing by simply selecting File ® New ® Navigator Tab or by pressing Ctrl+T. You can also tailor how tabbed browsing works from a Web page or from the Location box. Here's how:

  1. Click Edit ® Preferences. The Preferences window appears.

  2. Click Tabbed Browsing under the Navigator category.

  3. Click one or both of these boxes, depending on how you want to use tabbed browsing:

    • Middle-click, Ctrl+click or Ctrl+Enter on links in a Web page — Selecting this box lets you open a link to another Web page in a new tab. For this to work, click the middle mouse button on a link, hold the Ctrl key while you click the left mouse button on a link, or (with the link highlighted) hold the Ctrl key and press Enter.

    • Ctrl+Enter in the Location bar — After you type a Web address (URL) into the Location box, hold the Ctrl key and press Enter to open the new page in a tab.

  4. Click OK. You can begin using the tabbed browser feature from your Mozilla Navigator.

A tab for each tabbed page appears at the top of the Navigator pane. To close a tab, create a new tab, bookmark a group of tabs, or reload tabs, right-click one of the tabs at the top of the pane. A drop-down menu lets you choose the function you want.

One of the easiest ways to open a link in a tab is to right-click over a link on an HTML page. Select the Open Link in New Tab choice.

Using the DOM Inspector

If you are debugging a Web page that you are creating, the Document Object Model (DOM) Inspector can be useful for checking out the structure of your page. To open the DOM inspector, from the Mozilla window click Tools ® Web Development ® DOM Inspector.

From the DOM Inspector window, type the URL to the Web page you want to check out. The nodes, representing the head, body, tables, fonts, and so on, appear in the left column. Values for each node appear in the right column. Click a node name and the selected area is highlighted on the page below, with the node value appearing to the right.

Resizing the Web page

There is a nice keyboard shortcut that lets you quickly resize the text on most Web pages in Mozilla. Hold the Ctrl key and press the plus (+) or minus (-) keys. The text on the Web page will (in most cases) get larger or smaller, respectively. That page with the insanely small type font is suddenly readable.

Using Mozilla Firefox

With the Firefox Web browser (see Figure 9-5), Mozilla has gone right after Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Firefox is lightweight (so it performs fast), includes many ease-of-use features, and was built with security as a high priority. If you haven't switched to Fedora yet, you can get Firefox for Windows, Mac OS X, and other Linux systems. If you have the Fedora Core 3 DVD that comes with this book, you can try Firefox out right now.

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Figure 9-5: Firefox makes it easy to search, do tabbed browsing, and get plugins in a secure way

If Firefox is installed on your Fedora Core 3 system (you need to install the firefox package from the DVD), you can open it by selecting Internet ® Firefox Web Browser from the red hat menu.

Perhaps Firefox's greatest attribute is that it gives you control of what your Web browser does and makes the decision process easy to deal with. For example, if, while you are browsing, Firefox encounters a pop-up window, it gives you options for allowing that pop-up or all popups from that site. If it encounters data that you need special software (such as a plug-in) to play, it helps you search for the needed software and decide if you want the player.

As for major features, here are some highlights of what you can expect to find in Firefox:

  • Tabbed browsing — Instead of opening multiple windows to have several Web pages available at a time, Firefox includes a very-efficient tabbed browsing feature. Select File ® New Tab. Then type the URL for the new Web page you want. Figure 9-5 shows the Firefox window with two open browsing tabs.

  • Live Bookmarks — For Web sites that have RSS news and blog headlines available, a small RSS logo appears in the lower right corner of the Firefox screen (see Figure 9-5). Try a site such as Click on the RSS button and select Subscribe to Slashdot RSS... When prompted, choose to add a bookmark for the site. Select Bookmarks, and then move your mouse pointer over the new bookmark. To the right of the bookmark, a list of articles available today from the site appears. You can click to go straight to an article that looks interesting to you. Or, you can choose Open in Tabs to open all the articles in separate tabs.


    If you visit a Web site that you know is an RSS site, but the headlines you want appear in XML code, it means the page is not identifying itself to Firefox as an RSS site. You can add a Live Bookmark for the site anyway by selecting Bookmarks ® Manage Bookmarks. From the Bookmarks Manager screen, select File New Live Bookmark. When prompted, enter a name for the live bookmark, then type (or cut-and-paste) the location of the RSS page into the Feed Location box and click OK. That new live bookmark, and today's articles from that site, will appear on your Bookmarks list.

  • Finding text — Click Edit ® Find in This Page to open a toolbar at the bottom of the window for searching the current page for a text string. This allows you to search the page for text without having a little pop-up window get in your way. After typing the text string, click Find Next or Find Previous to search for the string. You can also click Highlight to highlight all instances of the string on the page.

  • Blocking Pop-ups — In Firefox, pop-up windows are blocked by default. If you browse to a page that tries to open a pop-up window, Firefox tells you "Firefox prevented this site from opening a popup window. Click here for options..." You can select to allow pop-ups from this site, edit your pop-up blocker options, or just show the particular pop-up encountered. To see or change how pop-ups are handled from Firefox, select Edit ® Preferences and select Web Features. The Block Popup Windows option is either selected (to block popups) or unselected (to allow them). If pop-ups are blocked, you can select Allowed Sites to add selected sites from which you will allow pop-ups.

  • Advanced Security Features — With Firefox, you have a lot of control over what content can be played and what software can be downloaded to your computer. You can view or change many security features from the Preferences window (select Edit ® Preferences). The Web Features toopc lets you choose to enable Java or JavaScript, load images, or allow Web sites to install software. The Privacy topic lets you manage cookies, passwords, history and cache information.

Go to the Mozilla Firefox site ( for more information on Firefox. For help transitioning from Internet Explorer to Firefox, there's help available from the Foxfire site:

Using text-based Web browsers

If you become a Linux administrator or power user, over time you will inevitably find yourself working on a computer from a remote login or where there is no desktop GUI available. At some point while you are in that state, you will probably want to check an HTML file or a Web page. To solve the problem, Fedora Core includes several text-based Web browsers.

With text-based Web browsers, any HTML file available from the Web, your local file system, or a computer where you’re remotely logged in can be accessed from your shell. There’s no need to fire up your GUI or read pages of HTML markup if you just want to take a peek at the contents of a Web page. Besides letting you call up Web pages, move around with those pages, and follow links to other pages, some of these text-based browsers even display graphics right in a Terminal window!

Which text-based browser you use is a matter of which you are more comfortable with. Browsers that are available include:

  • links — With links, you can open a file or a URL, and then traverse links from the pages you open. Use search forward (/string) and back (?string) features to find text strings in pages. Use up and down arrows to go forward and back among links. Then press Enter to go to the current link. Use the right and left arrow keys to go forward and back among pages you have visited. Press Esc to see a menu bar of features to select from.

  • lynx — The lynx browser has a good set of help files that come with it (press the ? key). Step through pages using the Spacebar. Though lynx can display pages containing frames, it cannot display them in the intended positioning. Use the arrow keys to display the selected link (right arrow), go back to the previous document (left arrow), select the previous link (up arrow), and select the next link (down arrow).

  • w3m — The w3m text-based Web browser can display HTML pages containing text, links, frames, and tables. It even tries to display images (though it is a bit shaky). There are both English and Japanese help files available (press H with w3m running). You can also use w3m to page through an HTML document in plain text (for example, cat index.html | w3m -T text/html). Use the Page Up and Page Down keys to page through a document. Press Enter on a link to go to that link. Press the B key to go back to the previous link. Search forward and back for text using / and ? keys, respectively.


    You must install the elinks package to get links, the lynx package to get lynx, and the w3m package to get w3m.

The w3m command seems the most sophisticated of these browsers. It features a nice default font selection, seems to handle frames neatly, and its use of colors also makes it easy to use. The links browser lets you use the mouse to cut and paste text.

You can start any of these text-based Web browsers by giving it a filename, or if you have an active connection to the network, a Web address. For example, to read the w3m documentation (which is in HTML format) with a w3m browser, you can type the following from a Terminal window or other shell interface:

 $ w3m /usr/share/doc/w3m-0*/doc/MANUAL.html  

An HTML version of the W3M Manual is displayed. Or you can give w3m a URL to a Web page, such as the following:

 $ w3m  

After a page is open, you can begin viewing the page and moving around to links included in the page. Start by using the arrow keys to move around and select links. Use the Page Up and Page Down keys to page through text.

Red Hat Fedora Linux 3 Bible
Red Hat Fedora Linux 3 Bible
ISBN: 0764578723
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2005
Pages: 286 © 2008-2017.
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