Toolbox: finding an alternative browser

browser is the window through which you view the Internet and the two dominant
players in the field are Microsoft with Explorer and Netscape with Navigator.
Many people don’t choose their browser as it either comes bundled with a new PC
or ISP or else a systems department has long ago made that decision for you.
There are, however, other players in the market and, depending on your Internet
usage, one of these may suit your needs better. The two we recommend as
possible alternatives are Lynx and Opera. But bear in mind as these are
currently minority products, not all websites will be optimised to work in


by many so-called web professionals so you run a risk of being labelled the
office nerd, but it may be worth it since Opera does pretty much everything
Explorer can do and more – and faster (it has been dubbed the fastest browser
on Earth). It is a good option for the disabled because its functions can be
operated from a keyboard, as well as a mouse, and pages can be magnified by up
to 1,000 per cent. Download at


is a text-only browser, which means it handles only words on the Web. If you
are accessing mainly text-heavy reports, it is worth considering because it
offers faster browsing since it dutifully ignores all the pictures and
graphics. Download at

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