Web History — The First Ever Webpage

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We must now  interrupt your regularly scheduled program(ming?) to bring to you… that grand and glorious Relic of a Bygone Era… The  Very First Web Page.  Created in 1992 by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, and restored today, 30th April, by a team from The European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) led by Dan Noyes, to mark the 20th anniversary of the gift of the Web to the world. Noyes’ team found the original version of the files Berners-Lee wrote while at CERN and put them online again at the original address; they now aim to refurbish the first Web server, a NeXT, and put that back online also. (Maybe the page links will work after that…) The page, and others like it that soon followed, shows the raw material that early browsers and search agents had to content with. (Anyone remember Mosaic, WorldWideWeb, Erwise, ViolaWWW? Or Archie, Jughead, Veronica?) This was a world before Google, Facebook, Twitter (and trojans, phishing, botnets, malware…). Enjoy:

The first ever webpage is now, once again, at http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html. Screenshot:

The first ever Webpage, 1992

First webpage, written by Tim Berners-Lee 1992

The page recalls the principles of universality and universal access that Berners-Lee strove to embed in his creation. Sharp eyed observers may note the screenshot shows the page displayed in IE. Firefox chose that moment to crash…


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