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title = "Browsing the Web with Common Lisp"
author = ["Benjamin Slade"]
date = 2018-10-20T13:22:00-06:00
tags = ["web"]
categories = ["lisp", "commonlisp", "nextbrowser"]
draft = false
creator = "Emacs 26.1 (Org mode 9.1.14 + ox-hugo)"

I was a long-time user of [Conkeror](, a highly-extensible browser with
an Emacs ethos. It [still exists](, but since the changes in the Firefox
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back-end away from XULRunner, which Conkeror uses, running Conkeror
became increasingly difficult to use, so I've largely switched to
just using plain Firefox.
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However, [John Mercouris]( has been developing [Next Browser]( (originally
styled [nEXT Browser](, a browser with a Common Lisp front-end, allowing
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for customisability and extensibility along Conkeror/Emacs lines:
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The back-ends are – if I understand correctly – planned to be Blink
for the QT port and WebkitGTK+ for the GTK port, with the Mac port of
Webkit for the Mac version. But the front-end, the user-facing side,
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is Common Lisp.
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John is currently running an [Indiegogo campaign to properly port]( it to
Linux and other non-Mac Unix variants (it apparently runs well already
on the Mac, John's main platform it seems [there's no accounting for
taste ;) ]). The raised money would be used in part to pay a
professional C/C++ developer for their time.

[Ambrevar]( is [currently working on packaging]( Next Browser for [Guix](,
which is exciting and promises to add to the amount of Lisp front-end
software we'll be able to use. Currently I'm running Emacs (elisp) for
the majority of my non-browser productivity (writing papers & creating
class slides using [AUCTeX](; reading composing email with [mu4e](;
note-taking and scheduling with [Org mode](; &c. &c.) and, at least on
one machine, [StumpWM]( (Common Lisp window manager) for my 'desktop
environment'; and [GNU GuixSD]( with a Guile-based package manager,
Guile-based cron ([mcron](, and Guile-based init/daemon-manager
([Shepherd]( A functional, configurable, Lisp-based browser would be a
most welcome addition. As excellent as Firefox is, especially its
backend, I do really miss the halcyon days of Conkeror, and Next
Browser could represent a return to those heady days of configurable
browsing Emacs-style.

So, if this sort of thing appeals to you (i.e. if you like Lisp,
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Emacs, and/or highly-extendable browsers), you might want to support
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the Linux/Unix-port of Next Browser:

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There's only about a week left in the campaign.

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