Skip to content

Alternative textual browsers

Noted by on his .


I’ve used many textual browsers, but I’m interested in more hardened options. Browsers parse untrusted content from the Internet but no textual browsers employ sandboxing, continuous fuzzing, or other security measures. Check CVEs for Lynx or w3m and you’ll see what I mean.

I’m also looking at alternatives to my w3m-sandbox script to show HTML emails. Pandoc with commonmark-raw_html output is an option; Haskell seems like a better choice than un-fuzzed C for this. I’d like a more battle-hardened library for networking, like libcurl (used in Edbrowse).

I considered Offpunk, which uses Readability to extract articles. I’d rather pipe rdrview output to w3m-sandbox. rdrview does some sandboxing, and sanitizes input to a subset of HTML.


Web­mentions

This site supports Webmentions, a backlink-based alternative to traditional comment forms.

Publish a response on your own website and share the link here to send me a webmention! Include a link to this page's canonical location for it to be accepted.

Webmentions received for this post appear in the following list after I approve them. I sometimes send Webmentions to myself on behalf of linking sites that don't support them. I replace broken links with Wayback Machine snapshots, if they exist.

Toggle Webmentions

Feel free to contact me directly with feedback; here’s my contact info