Browsing in Lynx consists of highlighting the chosen link using cursor keys, or having all links on a page numbered and entering the chosen link's number. Current versions support SSL and many HTML features. Lynx cannot inherently display various types of non-text content on the web, such as images and video,but it can launch external programs to handle it, such as an image viewer or a video player.
Because of its text-to-speech–friendly interface, Lynx was once popular with visually impaired users, but better screen readers have reduced the appeal of this application.
Lynx is also used to check for usability of websites.It is still included in a number of Unix products and Linux distributions and is particularly useful for reading documentation or downloading files when only a text-based environment is available.
It is also useful for accessing websites from a remotely connected system in which no graphical display is available. Despite its text-only nature and age.
The speed benefits of text-only browsing are most apparent when using low bandwidth internet connections, or older computer hardware that may be slow to render image-heavy content.