Line Mode

Meaning – The term line mode, refers to the form of screen presentation in which the information has presented a line at a time in the message area of the terminal screen.

The term line mode may also refer to the line-mode browser, which was the second web browser ever created. The browser was the first demonstrated to be portable to several different operating systems. Operated from a simple command-line interface, it could be widely used on many computers and computer terminals throughout the Internet.

The simplicity of the Line Mode Browser had several limitations. The Line Mode Browser was designed to work on any operating system using what were called “dumb” terminals.

Example of usage“While using the line-mode browser, The user began with a command-line interface specifying a Uniform Resource Locator (URL). The requested web page was then printed line by line on the screen, like a teleprinter.”