retawq for xwoaf quick help
Keyboard and Mouse Handling

Retawq, for xwoaf, is a slightly modified version of the orginal retawq with more consistent keyboard/mouse integration with the X-window GUI. The original, complete documentation can be found at

NOTE: Due to lack of floppy disk space, URLs specifiying additional help files are active only if the network is up.


You use retawq by entering keyboard commands. Most commands consist of a single key. The keys usually have been chosen so that you can remember them easily, e.g. "n" for "new window", "h" for "home URL" and "l" for "scroll down one line".

Some commands require additional input like a URL you want to browse to or an explicit confirmation for a possibly "dangerous" command. This is explained in the section "Line Input" below.

The Escape key can be used to cancel/interrupt all pending operations, e.g. URL/file downloads, line input and all menus.

Copy and paste with the mouse key is available at all times. Left click and drag with the mouse to highlight any text inside the X-win borders. Highlighted text is immediately available for pasting from the X clipboard by clicking with the right mouse button. Left click (no drag) on the window to un-highlight.


Window Handling:

View Handling:

Web Browsing:

Other Commands:

Line Input

Sometimes you are asked for additional information for a command: a message is displayed at the bottom line of the screen, and you have to input something there (or cancel). This is called "line input mode". There are basically two cases:

There's one special case: when you are asked for an FTP login password and suddenly realize that the username was wrong, you can use the key "ctrl-u" ("u" as in "username") to go one step back and enter a new username first.

This documentation file is part of version 0.2.5a of retawq, a network client created by Arne Thomaßen. retawq is basically released under certain versions of the GNU General Public License and WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY. Copyright (C) 2001-2004 Arne Thomaßen.