[Q] Mosaic on a Unix Shell??

Bio-WWWmoderator at EMBnetSwitzerland Bio-WWWmoderator at EMBnetSwitzerland
Sat Dec 10 03:04:22 EST 1994

Matthew Edward Pollack (mep8y at darwin.clas.virginia.edu) wrote:

: I have been using Mosaic and XXXXXXXX for some time now but was
: wondering if it is posible to use either such browser without a
: direct line or SLIP/PPP connection?  There is a program out
: there called XXXXXXXX that is a browser designed for use in
: such a manner, but I'm almost sure that I read an article
: somewhere recently that said that there is a way to use Mosaic,
: etc. without the afforementioned connections.  Any info that
: can be passed along to me is greatly appreciated, either to
: this newsgoup or directly to me at mep8y at virginia.edu
: Thanks in advance:)

Dear colleagues, 
messages like the one above shall adhere to a format which was not 
entirely followed this time. In this case, the replies to the message
were in fact violating BIOSCI rules. All of them were mentioning the 
same source as possible answer, on the WWW page 
http://marketplace.com/tia/tiahome.html .

Some  of the posters did actively market the information, and *none*
of the posters did include a disclaimer indicating that the 
intention of the reply is informational and that there is no direct 
relation of the poster to the company or product of the company. 
In order to have postings distributed which do relate to commercial
WWW servers or products advertised therein, it is imperative that 
the following guidelines are strictly followed. 

If you post questions relating to commercial products, please make sure 
that you do include the disclaimer, as well as while posting an answer.

Reinhard Doelz
Chris Wadley 

The guidelines of the BIOSCI system state the following with respect 
to commercial postings: 

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