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Posted April 1, 2013

Announcing Support for Lynx in the Sauce Labs Cloud


Today we are extremely excited to announce the initial release of an important browser platform on Sauce: the classic — but innovative — text-based browser Lynx. While Lynx is not as popular as more modern, graphical browsers like Internet Explorer 6, it has a devoted following and a compelling feature set, and we feel it's important that Sauce customers be able to test their web apps in a text-based browser.

Ever since Twitter demonstrated the power of simple, textual interfaces, we have been looking at Lynx as a bold way forward for the web. We think its less-is-more approach represents the future of sustainable web technologies. Because it spends less energy on graphics, Lynx probably has the smallest carbon footprint of any web browser out there, and lightning-fast performance. Lynx also has advantages for developers: its javascript support is easier to understand and has fewer pitfalls than many modern browsers, and its support for key web technologies like Flash and Java Applets was decades ahead of its time, and even today is on par with the latest browsers for iOS and Android. And because Lynx is so different from other browsers, we believe it's extra important that developers be able to test their web apps against it. That's why we're excited to extend Sauce Labs' cross-browser functional testing cloud to include interactive and Selenium testing for Lynx.

Happy testing!

Apr 1, 2013
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