Brew is software that macs use to install programs. I will have to take a
look at my version when I get to work tomorrow but that would explain why
I'm not able to connect properly to the website. Once I have a properly
working Lynx browser, it should make it much easier for me to see what the
site looks like and make the adjustments. But I will investigate further
tomorrow. Thank you for your help so far.

On Wed, Apr 11, 2018 at 5:46 PM, Karen Lewellen <>

> Hi Kyle,
> I have no idea what brew is.  What edition of Lynx are you using for
> testing?
> The latest dev edition is dated 21 March 2018..which would be best for
> testing.
> At the very least  use 2.8.8 which is the last  edition as well.
> I should add something else since you are testing.  Make very certain that
> *all* other account related functions work  with this back door in, placing
> holds for example.
> As a test during my discussion with tpl staff I went into the  the old
> account area.  I also did a search and placed an item on hold.  However I
> did not get the customary call informing me that the item was on hold in
> the system, meaning it canceled  instead of letting me get the item.
> Additionally even low graphics browsers that support Javascript are not
> working  on your new account page.
> For example in the Linux operating system, e-links which can be compiled
> to support java script, and links which  is likewise ocmpiled neither
> produce the  back to old account option, nor allow you to log in at all.
> Keep in mind some mobile devices, windows phones for example, do not work
> well  with Java script.
> TPL is a public site meaning regardless of browser used   library patrons
> should expect an open door.
> If you found an edition of lynx that produced a blank page, then someone
> can use another lower graphics browser and find a comparative barrier.
> Karen
> On Wed, 11 Apr 2018, Kyle Bachan wrote:
> Hi Karen,
>> Oh, I had no idea you were talking to TPL. I'm actually on their web team
>> which is why I'm trying to debug this specific issue. So you're saying
>> that
>> you get the JavaScript message then? Hmm... I installed lynx via brew
>> which
>> may be why there is a variation?
>> On Wed, Apr 11, 2018, 5:07 PM Karen Lewellen <>
>> wrote:
>> Hi Kyle,
>>> I am presently in discussion with Toronto Library staff about this issue.
>>> please please please call them and tell them you are having trouble.
>>> What I have shared is that since they are a service for the general
>>> public, the account aspects of the site should not require Java
>>> Script...could    be a human rights code violation truth be told.
>>> there is a back door in,
>>> type the url like this.
>>>   When I just checked your link, I did not get a blank page, but the
>>> statement that JavaScript is required.
>>> Again library staff *must* be told of the problem so they  at the very
>>> least add the old account link to the site homepage. Much as they had the
>>> old catalog  link there for years.
>>> With your permission, may I share this post with the staff members I am
>>> communicating with presently?
>>> cheers,
>>> Karen
>>> On Wed, 11 Apr 2018, Kyle Bachan wrote:
>>> Hello!
>>>> I have a Lynx problem that you might be able to help with:
>>>> I have a customer who would like to view our website in the text-based
>>> Lynx
>>>> browser. At the very least, our website should display a message saying
>>>> that "We're sorry, you need to enable Javascript to view this" etc.
>>>> However, this page appears to show blank in Lynx. The interesting thing
>>> is
>>>> that I do see the correct content appearing when connecting to the
>>>> localhost version of the browser which makes me think this might be
>>> related
>>>> to a certificate or subdomain issue.
>>>> For reference, the website I am trying to access via Lynx is
>>>> I've posted a stackoverflow question
>>>> <
>>> blank-page-in-lynx-browser
>>>> as well which has some screenshots that might show you more information.
>>>> Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you very much for your time.
>>>> Best,
>>>> Kyle
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