You use retawq by entering keyboard commands. Most commands consist of a
single key; some commands require additional input, e.g. a URL you want to
browse to or an explicit confirmation for a possibly "dangerous" command. Most
keys have been chosen so that you can remember them easily; e.g. "n" for
"new window", "h" for "home URL" and "l" for "scroll down one
The Escape key can be used to cancel several operations, e.g. all commands
which require additional input and all menus.
- n - create a new "virtual window"; the old window in which you were
working will not be removed (and downloads running there won't be stopped), you
can get back to it with the commands "w", "W" and "Ctrl-w".
- N - open the current document in a new window
- C - close the current window
- 1 - un-split the screen
- 2 - split the screen
- Tab (tabulator) - switch between visible windows when the screen is
- w/W - go to the next/previous virtual window in the list of all
virtual windows; for higher comfort, you probably want to use the command
- Ctrl-w - show a list of all currently existing windows in a
- Cursor-left - go back to the previous document in the series of
documents in the current window
- Cursor-right - go to the next document in the series of documents in
the current window; note: to follow a link, use the Return/Enter/o key instead
(see below) - here retawq differs from other browsers.
- Page-down/Space - scroll down one screenfull of lines in the current
- Page-up - scroll up one screenfull of lines in the current
- l/L (and Delete/Insert) - scroll down/up one line in the
- Home - scroll up to the top of the current document
- Cursor-down - go to the next link (or HTML form element) in the
current web page
- Cursor-up - go to the previous link (or HTML form element) in the
current web page
- Return/Enter/o - open the current link (or activate the HTML form
element for editing) in the current window; note that you can't activate form
elements which are marked disabled or read-only in the HTML source code (but
check the keyboard command "E")! Before submitting a form, make sure that it
has been downloaded completely and that you've scrolled down to its end at
least once; otherwise the form data might be sent incompletely.
- O - open the current link in a new window
- r - reload the current document without looking into retawq's
- R - like "r", but additionally tries to bypass external
caches; it also tries again to lookup the hostname if that failed
- g - go to a new URL; you can enter the new URL at the bottom of the
screen; to cancel, press the Return key without entering anything, or press the
Escape key. See URL Schemes for information about
currently supported URLs.
- G - like "g", but the new URL is preset to the URL of the current
document so you can edit it
- \ (backslash) - show the HTML source code of the current web page;
use Cursor-left to get back to the web page
- i - show information about the current link (or HTML form element)
in the message line at the bottom of the screen
- h - go to the "home" URL; by default, this is the retawq project
home page; you can change this or turn it off completely with the run-time configuration option "home".
- e - go to your favorite search engine URL; you can set this with the
run-time configuration option
- b - go to a bookmarks document URL; you can set this with the run-time configuration option "bookmarks".
- j - "jump" to a URL; you just enter a shortcut, and retawq goes to
the associated URL as configured with the run-time
configuration option "jumps". This is useful if you visit several URLs
regularly and don't want to re-type the whole URLs each time, or if you want to
"insert arguments" into often-used URL patterns, e.g. when using search
- J - like "j", but the new jump shortcut is preset to the previously
entered shortcut so you can edit it
- E - enable a disabled HTML form element; some wannabe-clever web
page authors e.g. mark a submit button as disabled and let the browser enable
why you might need this command some time...
- m - show the contextual menu
- u - show the URL history (a list of the most recently used
- s - save the current document to disk; you'll be asked for a
- H - interpret the current document as HTML code; use this command if
retawq can't determine the document kind automatically, e.g. when the name of a
local HTML file doesn't end with ".htm" or ".html". - Please be careful to use
this command only if the document really consists of HTML code; otherwise
you'll see some mess on the screen because e.g. line breaks are shown as space
characters and anything after a "<" will be interpreted as an (invalid) HTML
tag and probably not be displayed.
- Y - When you've enabled the mouse support (see the compile-time configuration option
OPTION_TEXTMODEMOUSE), you can use this command to switch the terminal between
the following two modes: "register mouse clicks on links and HTML form
elements" and "allow copy-paste".
- Q - quit retawq
This documentation file is part of version 0.1.4 of retawq, a network client created by
Arne Thomaßen. retawq is basically released under
certain versions of the GNU General Public License and WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY.
Copyright (C) 2001-2002 Arne Thomaßen.