SliTaz Web Browser
TazWeb is a radically simple and very light web browser providing a single window with a small toolbar and a contextual menu, but without any menubar or tabs. Navigation is done with a right click anywhere in the browser window or from the toolbar. It can also handle bookmarks in a personal home page, provide a source view mode and zoom and printing functions. TazWeb lets you quickly search the web through a search entry and Google. This documentation file is always accessible from the right-hand side of the toolbar.
The SliTaz Web Browser was created for the needs of TazPanel which is the SliTaz administration and packages manager panel and made with the latest technologies such as xHTML 5 and CSS 3 for the graphical user interface. The content is powered by CGI scripts and the prefered web server is Busybox httpd.
Security and personal data
TazWeb is a very secure browser and doesn't store any personal data, therefore no sessions, cookies or history files are created. So your websites settings will not be saved and you will have to enter login information each time you restart the browser (by the way websites can track you with cookies!).
TazWeb provides a Kiosk mode useful for computers in public areas. The Kiosk mode will start TazWeb in fullscreen. It will not allow users to bookmark a page, download anything or open a URL in a new window.
$ tazweb --kiosk
My Home Page and bookmarks
TazWeb handles a personal page located in your Freedesktop standard configuration directory, the path is: $HOME/.config/tazweb/home.html. It lets you have a custom page with bookmarks and other content. The CSS style is defined in $HOME/.config/tazweb/style.css.
The file is a simple xHTML 5 document with, by default, a list of links and a box. You can edit this file with you favorite editor and add content such as bookmarks entries or change the look and feel as you want. At first start TazWeb will create and copy your personal page and style to your config directory.
Bookmarks can be handled by TazWeb and you can easily add a bookmark to your home page with the right click menu item: "Add a bookmark". To function TazWeb uses markup in your home.html document; this markup should not be removed if you want bookmarking to work since each new item will be added just before the line: <!-- end:bookmarks -->
Note: You will find the default home.html in: /usr/share/tazweb and can get an original copy with the following command in a terminal:
$ cp -r /usr/share/tazweb $HOME/.config/tazweb
Start page and url in argument
The default start page has been defined in the source code and can't be changed and is the default SliTaz WebHome, but TazWeb accepts an URL as a first argument, you can for example execute:
$ tazweb http://www.slitaz.org/
In this way you can for example create your own and custom home page in a pretty xHTML document and start tazweb with a standard desktop file or from the command line: tazweb file://$HOME/.config/tazweb/home.html.
If you want a custom start page for your Live system or all system users, you can create your own slitaz-configs package or edit the xHTML file located in /usr/share/webhome/index.html. If you modify it, make sure to block slitaz-configs or make a backup because it will be overwritten with a slitaz-configs package update.
When you start TazWeb from the cmdline with an URL in the argument, you dont have to put http:// since TazWeb will transform URLs for you.
URL and search entry
The URL entry in the toolbar lets you enter a website address and shows the current website location. You can use selection, copy and paste in the URL entry and don't have to put http:// before a location, Tazweb will transform URLs for you. To activate a new URL you must press ENTER.
The search entry lets you search the web at anytime using Google. Just enter your query and press ENTER or click on the entry icon to validate your request.
TazWeb browser is perfect to launch web applications via a simple desktop file. Once created with a simple text editor, the desktop file can stand on the desktop with a nice icon or in the standard SliTaz menu. Example of a web application launcher that you could name scn.desktop:
[Desktop Entry] Type=Application Name=SliTaz SCN Icon=slitaz-menu Exec=tazweb http://scn.slitaz.org/
Bugs and development
TazWeb is an open-source project under a BSD license and all resources are provided by SliTaz GNU/Linux, we use a Mercurial repository for code management, discussion and support is done through the SliTaz community forum. If you're missing any features in TazWeb or find any bugs ? Please post an issue on our Roundup bug tracker at: bugs.slitaz.org
If you want to help and get involved in development, you can start by cloning the TazWeb repository and then submit your patch, improved documentation or artwork to the SliTaz mailing list or on the SCN. To clone or browse the TazWeb Hg repository:
$ hg clone http://hg.slitaz.org/tazweb