Thursday, May 2, 2013

A piece of history

Saw this on my g+ feed: CERN has re-posted the first web page ever (or at least the first one they put up for public consumption), 20 years after the fact.  I'm not sure if it's under the original URL, but sure looks like it could be.  Anyone remember "hypertext"?

Like a lot of efforts in the early stages, much of the content is about the project itself.  For example, there's a "Line Mode" browser:
The LineMode Browser is suitable for use on dumb terminals, requiring no control sequences except for carriage return and line feed.
"Dumb terminals"?  "Control sequences"?  "Carriage return"?  What language are they speaking? (Of course, Lynx is still in business.)

In any case, it says something that CERN can bring back the original web page from the archives twenty years later, in all its textual glory, and it still works, and people really can see it, world-wide.

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