If you’re a nostalgia freak just like me, you’ll be glad to know that you can surf the Web just like during the early days of the Internet.
A group of developers and designers recently convened at the European Organization for Nuclear Research – also known as CERN – to rebuild the original web browser, which is called the WorldWideWeb. Working on a NeXT computer, Tim Berners-Lee developed the earliest version of the application in December 1990. The program is the precursor of what we know today as “the web.”
Through the CERN 2019 WorldWideWeb Rebuild project, we can experience what it feels like to browse the web in its earliest and most primitive form. Simply visit this page using any web browser to get started.
To open a website using the WorldWideWeb browser, click Document on the menu on the left side, and then select Open from full document reference. Enter the URL into the Reference field (include the http:// or https://).
Out of curiosity, I opened Tech Pilipinas using this browser and here’s the result:
To open a link, you actually have to double click the link, and the target page will open on a new window. Understandably, there’s no support for images.
The browser also has the option to create or edit a document, add basic styling and make links. You can even save your created HTML pages offline.
I had fun using this primitive browser, visiting some of the most popular websites such as Google and Facebook. The results were not so good. On Google, the search field went missing so searching the web was impossible. Facebook showed a message in German telling me that my browser is not supported.
All in all, it’s a cool and fun way to experience what it’s like to surf the web 30 years ago, when the concept for the World Wide Web was first developed. It gives you an idea of how far we’ve progressed in terms of Internet technology.