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Manual Reference Pages  -  DECKSCAPE (1)

NAME

DeckScape - An Experimental World-Wide Web Browser

CONTENTS

Syntax
Description
Environment Variables
External Files
Files
Bugs
Author Of Object
Author Of Documentation

SYNTAX

DeckScape [-clean]

DESCRIPTION

DeckScape is an experimental World-Wide Web browser based on the metaphor of a deck of playing cards, where each card is a Web page, and each deck is displayed in its own window. As the user traverses links, new pages appear on top of the current deck. Retrievals are done using a background thread, so all visible pages in any deck are active at all times. Users can move and copy pages between decks, and decks can be used as a general-purpose way to organize material, such as hotlists, query results, and breadth-first expansions.

More details about the system can be found in SRC 135:
http://gatekeeper.dec.com/pub/DEC/SRC/research-reports/SRC-135a.html This paper appeared in the Third International World-Wide Web Conference (April 1995). A short version of it appeared in CHI’95:
http://www.acm.org/sigchi/chi95/Electronic/documnts/shortppr/mhb2_bdy.htm

ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES

WWW_HOME -- The URL of the "home" page. At SRC, the current value is "http://src-www.pa.dec.com/src.home.html".

http_proxy -- The name of a proxy server. The format is "http://foo", with an optional port. At SRC, the current value is "http://www-proxy.pa.dec.com:8080/".

no_proxy -- Domain names for which no proxy should be consulted. The format is a comma-separated list of domain names, with an optional port. At SRC, the current value is "src-www,.dec.com".

EXTERNAL FILES

Images are displayed using the following ppm filters: giftoppm, ppmtopgm, pgmtopbm, djpeg, and xbmtopbm.

FILES

The system maintains the state of the decks in the file
~/.deckscape between invocations. If the system crashes on startup, try deleting this file, or start DeckScape with the -clean flag. The file is essentially a list of URLs; if you edit it, do so carefully!

BUGS

The HTML viewer is fragile and vanilla. It recognizes HTML 2.0, except for forms; however, the viewer does not deal with incorrect HTML very gracefully and most Web pages contain incorrect HTML. The system does not support external viewers.

AUTHOR OF OBJECT

Marc H. Brown and Robert A. Shillner

AUTHOR OF DOCUMENTATION

Marc H. Brown
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