These pages are designed primarily to be viewed on a text-based browser; I've added decorative effects for graphical browsers, but if it looks significantly better on, say, Lynx, I've kept it that way, rather than making it look confusing on Lynx but good on Netscape, IE, Opera, etc.
So non-graphical browsers are important, and I do my best to keep all the paraphernalia of the graphics out of their sight, by making use of (alt="") tags, etc. As a Lynx-user myself, I wish that more Web-page writers did the same.
(Many Webmasters check their sites only with IE, and then wonder why so many people have problems with it; part of the reason is that IE is extremely tolerant of poorly written HTML, so will load a page full of errors when another browser will balk.)
I particularly dislike Webmasters who tell me that, because they've chosen to be "kewl d00ds", I should change my browser and even my operating system. This can range from a reasonably polite suggestion (usually from those who have the foresight and good manners to offer a non-Frames alternative) to patronising (and usually Web-ignorant) messages. The following (from an Oxford College Web site) contains some typical foot-in-mouth gems (what on earth does "full and proper use of the Internet" mean?), and the spattering of exclamation marks typical of the semi-literate:
This is a genuine and accurately reproduced example (and, like most such examples, the HTML coding was appalling — almost certainly produced by some Web-page program rather than by someone who knew what they were doing). The smug and offensive (and ignorant) tone of this gets up my nose, and is a sure-fire way of ensuring that I don't include a link to the site in question.
I use Lynx (as up-to-date as any other browser) because I prefer it; it gives me the information I want quickly and cleanly (as long as Web-page writers know what they're doing). I use Opera, and occasionally Explorer & Netscape to check that my own pages look OK for graphical browsers, but otherwise my serious Web work is done with Lynx. You might try the latest version yourself " you could find yourself hooked. Free down-loads from the site linked to at the top of this page.