Customizing Line Mode Browser's behavior is done with environment variables or their equivalent depending on the platform. "Environment variable" is a Unix term. On VMS you should use a logical name.
A list of things you can customize with environment variables (or local equivalents) is described below. The Line Mode Browser can furthermore be set up to use either a proxy server or a gateway.
The address of the first document to start with if you run www without a document name on the command line. For example, you can set it to
if you want to always use the home page on the W3C welcome page.
WWW_HOME variable is set the Line Mode Browser then it
automaticly tries the following locations:
If you are installing www without privileges, you may not be able to install
the home page, and so you will have to set
WWW_HOME to point
to a local copy of the file, or to our server.
You can customize www to start at a page of your choice. You can write your
own page, or use someone else's. All you have to do is to set the environment
WWW_HOME to the www address of your preferred home
page. (When you are using www, you can see what an address looks like by
typing help when you are reading a document - it tells you the address of
If defined, must be the name of a local file which contains configuration information including rules, presentation recipes, etc. If configuration files are also specified using the -r option, they are loaded first.
See how to set up a news server's address for the Line Mode Browser and why you can't use other sites' newsserver.
Unix only. A quoted printf-style format string for the system command you
wish to invoke with the www PRINT command. This should contain one
%s marker where www should put the name of the document to be
printed. The default is
www -n -na -p66 '%s' | lpr
(The single quotes around the
%s are necessary in case the address
contains shell metacharacters.) When you define this variable, you may of
course have to enclose the whole thing in double quotes, e.g.
setenv WWW_PRINT_COMMAND "www -n -na -p66 '%s' | lpr"
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