Lynx invokes a built-in Line Editor for entering strings in response
to prompts, in forms, and for email messages if an external
editor has not been defined. Alternative key bindings are
normally available (unless Lynx was configured
--disable-alt-bindings). If available, they may
be selected via the “o”ptions menu, or by editing
lineedit_mode in the “.lynxrc” file.
You can always see the current set of key-bindings in Lynx by opening the special URL LYNXEDITMAP:. This page is provided for those not using Lynx.
Note: setting emacs/vi keys ON has no direct effect on line-editor bindings.
This is the Bash-like Binding keymap.
ENTER Input complete - Enter, RETURN TAB Completion / Next - TAB, Do (see note 2) ABORT Cancel / Undo Change - Ctrl-g, Ctrl-_ ERASE Erase the line - M-k, Ctrl-x k BACK Cursor back char - Left-Arrow, Ctrl-b FORW Cursor forward char - Right-Arrow, Ctrl-f BACKW Cursor back word - M-b, Ctrl-r FORWW Cursor forward word - M-f, Ctrl-s (see note 5) BOL Go to begin of line - Ctrl-a, Home, Find EOL Go to end of line - Ctrl-e, End, Select (see note 4) DELP Delete prev char - Backspace DELN Delete next char - Ctrl-d, Delete, Remove (see note 1) DELPW Delete prev word - Ctrl-w, M-Backspace, M-Delete (see note 3) DELNW Delete next word - M-d DELBL Delete to beg of line - Ctrl-u DELEL Delete to end of line - Ctrl-k (see note 4) UPPER Upper case the line - M-u LOWER Lower case the line - M-l LKCMD Invoke cmd prompt - Ctrl-v [FORM] (see note 6) SWMAP Switch input keymap - Ctrl-^ (if compiled in) Special commands for use in textarea fields [FORM]: PASS! Textarea external edit - Ctrl-e Ctrl-e, Ctrl-x e (see note 4) PASS! Insert file in textarea - Ctrl-x i PASS! Grow textarea - Ctrl-x g
Here is a little textarea for practice:
TPOS Transpose characters - Ctrl-t SETMARK Set mark at current position in line - Ctrl-@ XPMARK Exchange current position with mark - Ctrl-x Ctrl-x KILLREG Kill region between mark and position - Ctrl-x Ctrl-w (see note 3) YANK Insert text last killed (with KILLREG) - Ctrl-y
See the Lynx Line Editor page for an explanation of terminology and key-names.
When a text input field, including a textarea line, is selected, the Line Editor functions get a first grab at the keys entered. If a key has no function defined in the Line Editor binding, it can either be ignored, or passed on for normal key command handling, where modifiers like Ctrl-x or Meta currently have no effect (see the Key Map Page accessible with the key K for current information).
Here are some additional details on other keys, for the curious (very much subject to change)
Normal key action when used in form fields, subject to remapping with KEYMAP: [FORM (except Up-Arrow, Down-Arrow)] Ctrl-l (see note 3) Ctrl-o, Ctrl-z, Ctrl-\, Ctrl-] (see note 5) Ctrl-n [emacskey], Ctrl-p [emacskey] Up-Arrow, Down-Arrow (see note 2) Page-Up, Page-Down, F1, Back-Tab Normal key command with Meta modifier ignored when used in form fields, subject to remapping with KEYMAP: [FORM (except Up-Arrow, Down-Arrow)] M-Ctrl-l (see note 3) M-Ctrl-o [!], M-Ctrl-z, M-Ctrl-\, M-Ctrl-] (see note 5) M-Ctrl-u, M-/, M-n M-Up-Arrow [!], M-Down-Arrow [!] (see note 2) M-Page-Up [!], M-Page-Down [!], M-Home, M-End Passed as specific command: lynx action duplicates by default ----------- --------------------- M-Ctrl-d NEXT_LINK Down-Arrow M-Ctrl-e EDITTEXTAREA Ctrl-e Ctrl-e M-Ctrl-k LPOS_NEXT_LINK (none, Down-Arrow suggested) M-e EDITTEXTAREA Ctrl-e Ctrl-e M-g GROWTEXTAREA (none, Ctrl-v $ suggested?) M-i INSERTFILE (none, Ctrl-v # suggested?) M-< HOME M-Home M-> END M-End M-F1 DWIMHELP F1 M-Find WHEREIS Ctrl-v / M-Select NEXT Ctrl-v n Duplicates function of other key(s): edit action duplicates ----------- ---------- M-Ctrl-b BACKW M-b, Ctrl-r M-Ctrl-f FORWW M-f M-Ctrl-n FORWW M-f M-Ctrl-p BACKW M-b, Ctrl-r M-Ctrl-r BACKW M-b, Ctrl-r M-a BOL Ctrl-a, Home, ... Modifier ignored, and duplicates function of other key(s): edit action duplicates ----------- ---------- M-Ctrl-a BOL Ctrl-a, Home, ... M-Ctrl-g ABORT Ctrl-g, ... M-TAB TAB Ctrl-i [!] M-Ctrl-j ENTER Ctrl-m, Ctrl-j, Enter / RETURN M-RETURN ENTER Ctrl-m, Ctrl-j, Enter / RETURN M-Ctrl-y YANK Ctrl-y [!] M-Ctrl-^ SWMAP Ctrl-^ [!] (if compiled in) M-Right-Arrow FORW Right-Arrow [!], Ctrl-f M-Left-Arrow BACK Left-Arrow [!], Ctrl-b M-Do TAB Ctrl-i [!] Key completely ignored: Ctrl-q, Insert M-Ctrl-q, M-Ctrl-s, M-Ctrl-t, M-Ctrl-v, M-ESC (see note 5) M-Ctrl-@, M-Ctrl-_, M-Remove, M-Insert [!] Meta + other (mostly, printable character) keys: Modifier ignored, or sequence swallowed (see note 5). M-@, M-E...M-Z, M-\, M-^, M-_ attempt to interpret as 7-bit escape representation for character in 8-bit control (C1) range if appropriate according to Display Character Set. [emacskey] Normal key action subject to emacs_keys setting. [!] Action of key with Meta modifier follows action of key without Meta. If you manage to enter the Meta key while Line-Editor Binding is not set to Bash-Like, and the unmodified binding is different from that listed here, M-<key> will act like <key>.