Gopher is an earlier, alternate protocol to HTTP. Gopher pages are more stricly organised, and do not reder images (though they can make images and other files downloadable).
There are also a few proxy browsers you can use within your web browser of choice. You feed them the Gopher URL and it renders the page for you. They each have their own style:
There is also a Firefox extension OverbiteWX that sends
gopher:// URLs to Floodgap.
For dedicated clients see: Gopher Browsers
Gopher pages are pretty simple text files.
Like in HTML, a directory has an index file, in Gopher's case it's called gophermap. Other files will have their usual extension. Other pages are plaintext files with a '.TXT' extension.
There isn't a lot to Gopher's syntax. Any text is entered plainly, and the only other page elements are links. The most unique thing about them is that they start with a number to indicate what kind of file they link to: an image, another page, a binary file, etc. These links separate the domain and the directory within that domain too, and include a port number. Each section of the link is separated by a TAB.
1My Cat /mycat gopher.ryliejamesthomas.net 70
To break it down:
|Item type||User display string||Selector||Hostname||Port|
|3||Error code returned by a Gopher server to indicate failure|
|4||BinHex-encoded file (primarily for Macintosh computers)|
|7||Gopher full-text search|
|+||Mirror or alternate server (for load balancing or in case of primary server downtime)|
|s||Sound file (especially the WAV format)|
hMy Website URL:https://www.ryliejamesthomas.net/ gopher.ryliejamesthomas.net 70
This 3-D Gopher browser: Gopher VR.
If you're not using a browser that can handle the Gopher protocol just stick
http://gopher.floodgap.com/gopher/gw? before the link an' you should be right.