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gopher: go fer it!

gopher is ``a lookup tool that lets you prowl through the Internet by selecting resources from menus" [5, p. 233]. The Gopher system is a set of interconnected ASCII based menus. It was developed at the University of Minnesota. To cycle through a menu list, use the arrow keys. To select a menu, simply press the ENTER key.

Using gopher (also the name of a program to access the Gopher system), users can access files, copy them, print them, mail them. They can also FTP programs to their local machine, or access databases, phone books.

Gopher was developed in the late 80s early 90s. Many view it as ``the first generation web browser".

It has since been superseeded by web browsers like Netscape and Internet Explorer.


Claude Cantin 2010-10-24