"Q: what is 100 feet long, has no pubic hair and screams?
A: the front row at a Take That concert."
"CRYSTAL ATARI BROWSER" (CAB) V0.98 BY ALEXANDER CLAUSS
(The program formally known as "HTML-Browser")
Loved and Reviewed by Michael Noyce
About a year ago I discovered the Internet and the World-Wide
Web. Now, I am, if nothing else, a quiet exhibitionist and
putting my own Web pages the Internet for all to read appealed to
me greatly. I spent a few weeks learning HTML, the language used
to construct Web pages, and started to code my pages.
I used "Everest" on my ST to code the pages and the computers at
college to view my work - and here there was a problem. It was a
bit tiresome coding something and then having to walk to college
to test it, and having to remember all the changes I needed to
make when I got back home. I wanted, no, needed, a program on the
ST that could view Web pages. Enter "CAB" by Alexander Clauss.
This program enables you to view any Web page on any Atari
computer. Since it's release and subsequent name change more and
more features have been added to the program as it supports more
of the commands and features of the PC/Unix Web-browsers such as
"Netscape" and "Mosaic".
It can be installed as either a program or desk accessory by
simply renaming the extension and putting the program and its
files in the relevant directory.
You can save a hot-list of all your favourite pages for future
reference and adjust the colour, font, image, and cache settings
for your system. You can also set up external viewers, such as
"Imagecopy" and "1st View" to deal with non-HTML documents that
"CAB" can't handle itself.
Depending on which resolution you run it on, images will be
dithered, grey scaled or displayed in full colour, giving the
best results it can.
The latest version has the following features:
* Inline colour images
* Configurable image cache (in RAM)
* Configurable WWW cache (on disk)
* Option to automatically format text to the window width
* ASCII, xbm and gif files can now be viewed directly in CAB.
Calling external programs is no longer required (naturally
still available as an option)
* Interface for 'Internet Module' implemented. Using a suitable
module CAB could also be used to display WWW pages on-line on
* Support for xbm images
Currently "CAB" supports most of the HTML v2.0 commands, with
plans to implement HTML v3 features such as tables and better
image handling in the future.
I have been using "CAB" for several months now and have found it
invaluable when creating my own Web pages. It has a permanent
home on my hard disk and just gets better and better with each
If you are into the WWW then you must get a copy of this
excellent program. There's currently no competition for this
program, it being the only Web-browser on the ST.
The text of the articles is identical to the originals like they appeared in old ST NEWS issues. Please take into consideration that the author(s) was (were) a lot younger and less responsible back then. So bad jokes, bad English, youthful arrogance, insults, bravura, over-crediting and tastelessness should be taken with at least a grain of salt. Any contact and/or payment information, as well as deadlines/release dates of any kind should be regarded as outdated. Due to the fact that these pages are not actually contained in an Atari executable here, references to scroll texts, featured demo screens and hidden articles may also be irrelevant.