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1 localhost commented Permalink

I use lynx. Everything is text.

2 localhost commented Permalink

what about txt.weather.com? oh wait -- isn't that what wml and wap were for?

so much for websites "degrading gracefully", i guess...

3 localhost commented Permalink

Wayne has the solution, but we need people to a) recognize the need and b) provide text-only versions of their content.

.txt domains is interesting, but there are some obvious problems. For instance, what is the .txt equivalent for foobar.com? foobar.txt? Then what about foobar.org? foobar.net?
Do we then provide .pdf domains for people who insist on slow-and-buggy-yet-typographically correct content?
What about url's? I'm happy to jettison most html, but the anchor tag really needs to stay.
To really get this ball rolling, what you need to do is create a text-only alternative to the anchor tag and then get advertisers (AdSense?) to start providing ads in the text-only format.
Oh, and also allow for image-only pages. Nothing but the graphic. So you can still have pictures, linked to from the plain text page, cause sometimes, you just need the picture.

4 localhost commented Permalink

"every website registered would automatically get a .TXT domain name equivalent" does no one else see a problem with this?

If I own ABC.ca and Disney owns ABC.com who gets ABC.txt?

5 localhost commented Permalink

wayne's solution doesn't seem to fit well with the given scenario. if you're in an airport and you want a quick and dirty text-only version of a website, how do you configure your browser to negotiate text only? i don't know how, and i imagine most browser users don't either. a separate url would do the trick.

6 localhost commented Permalink

1. Use Opera2. Set style to User Mode - Text only3. ??????4. PROFIT!

7 localhost commented Permalink

it's call RSS

8 localhost commented Trackback

Please lookup the definition of irony in a dictionary. Next think about the proposals for a .mobi and other TLD's.

9 localhost commented Trackback

Restrictions have a tendency to encourage experimentation and stretching of borders.

Within hours of the launch of .txt, a huge surge of ASCII art will happen, no doubt including tutorials such as 'How to do rounded corners in TXT!!!11'.
And any visions of legibility or clarity through a restricted medium fade away quickly :)

10 localhost commented Trackback

I love the basic concept, but I think we just to try and use existing standards to make all of this possible.

First, are we talking plain text, or XHTML w/ CSS. Of course, the CSS needs to be graphic free itself.
Could we rely on a convention in the url? For example, throw your browser into 'light' mode, and then every request it makes out to the web will have "text_only_mode=true". The web devs can then see that and swap templates.
What do ya think?

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