You Can Now Try the CERN Web Browser From 1990

MakeUseOf | 2/19/2019 | Dave Parrack
katz1234katz1234 (Posted by) Level 3
Click For Photo:

CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) has rebuilt what was essentially the first web browser in the world. This means you can now see what surfing the World Wide Web was like back in 1990, using an application fittingly called WorldWideWeb.

As most people already know, the web was born in a lab at CERN. In 1989, Tim Berners-Lee wrote a proposal for “a large hypertext database with typed links”. By the end of 1990, all of the necessary elements we still use today were in place.

HTTP - HTML - Server - Software - Web

This included HTTP, HTML, server software, a web server, and the first web pages. And to navigate it all was an application called WorldWideWeb: a web browser and web editor. And now, to celebrate the 30th anniversary, CERN has rebuilt WorldWideWeb.

You can try WorldWideWeb for yourself right from within the browser you’re currently using. Just open this page and you’ll see what Tim Berners-Lee and his colleagues were faced with in 1990. Except there were only a handful of pages to actually visit then.

Lack - Color - Images - Kind - Videos

What’s immediately obvious is the lack of color. There are also no images of any kind, let alone the videos, GIFs, and emojis we all take for granted these days. Most strikingly, there’s no address bar, so you’ll have to jump through some hoops before surfing the web.

It’s actually not that difficult...
(Excerpt) Read more at: MakeUseOf
Wake Up To Breaking News!
Sign In or Register to comment.

Welcome to Long Room!

Where The World Finds Its News!