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      1 # AV-98
      3 This is a fork of the original [AV-98](https://tildegit.org/solderpunk/AV-98)
      4 by Solderpunk. He's not very active in maintaining it anymore.
      6 AV-98 is an experimental client for the
      7 [Gemini protocol](https://gemini.circumlunar.space).  It is derived from the
      8 [gopher client VF-1](https://github.com/solderpunk/VF-1) by the same author.
      9 AV-98 is "experimental" in the sense that it may occasionally extend or deviate
     10 from the official Gemini specification for the purposes of, well,
     11 experimentation.  Despite this, it is expected to be stable enough for regular
     12 daily use at the same time.
     14 ## Dependencies
     16 AV-98 has no "strict dependencies", i.e. it will run and work without anything
     17 else beyond the Python standard library.  However, it will "opportunistically
     18 import" a few other libraries if they are available to offer an improved
     19 experience.
     21 * The [ansiwrap library](https://pypi.org/project/ansiwrap/) may result in
     22   neater display of text which makes use of ANSI escape codes to control colour.
     23 * The [cryptography library](https://pypi.org/project/cryptography/) will
     24   provide a better and slightly more secure experience when using the default
     25   TOFU certificate validation mode and is highly recommended.
     27 ## Features
     29 * TOFU or CA server certificate validation
     30 * Extensive client certificate support if an `openssl` binary is available
     31 * Ability to specify external handler programs for different MIME types
     32 * Gopher proxy support (e.g. for use with
     33   [Agena](https://tildegit.org/solderpunk/agena))
     34 * Advanced navigation tools like `tour` and `mark` (as per VF-1)
     35 * Bookmarks
     36 * IPv6 support
     37 * Supports any character encoding recognised by Python
     39 ## Lightning introduction
     41 You use the `go` command to visit a URL, e.g. `go gemini.circumlunar.space`.
     43 Links in Gemini documents are assigned numerical indices.  Just type an index to
     44 follow that link.
     46 If a Gemini document is too long to fit on your screen, use the `less` command
     47 to pipe it to the `less` pager.
     49 Use the `help` command to learn about additional commands.
     51 ## RC files
     53 You can use an RC file to automatically run any sequence of valid AV-98
     54 commands upon start up.  This can be used to make settings controlled with the
     55 `set` or `handler` commanders persistent.  You can also put a `go` command in
     56 your RC file to visit a "homepage" automatically on startup, or to pre-prepare
     57 a `tour` of your favourite Gemini sites.
     59 The RC file should be called `av98rc`.  AV-98 will look for it first in
     60 `~/.av98/` and second in `~/.config/av98/`.  Note that either directory might
     61 already exist even if you haven't created it manually, as AV-98 will, if
     62 necessary, create the directory itself the first time you save a bookmark (the
     63 bookmark file is saved in the same location).  AV-98 will create
     64 `~/.config/av98` only if `~/.config/` already exists on your system, otherwise
     65 it will create `~/.av98/`.